College Basketball Picks: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 7, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    The Indiana Hoosiers (20-2) have lost nine of their last 10 road games against the Illinois Fighting Illini (15-8), which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Thursday night, when the two teams meet at Assembly Hall.

    Sports bettors will find that the Hoosiers are seven-point road favorites in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 149 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total.

Indiana Hoosiers

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    The Indiana Hoosiers have won five games in a row, including an 81-73 victory over the Michigan Wolverines as 5.5-point home favorites last Saturday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Hoosiers have covered the spread in four of their last five games versus the Illinois Fighting Illini, while the UNDER is on a 10-3-1 run in the series.

Illinois Fighting Illini

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    The Illinois Fighting Illini have come up short in six of their last seven games, including a 74-68 setback to the Wisconsin Badgers as 1.5-point home underdogs on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Fighting Illini are 2-20 all-time when playing the top-ranked team in the country, but both victories have come on their home floor.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Thursday night, as the Hoosiers have gone UNDER the total in nine of their last 13 road games.

    College Basketball Pick: Under 149

     

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