Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Illinois Fighting Illini return home from a two game road trip as they host the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Fighting Illini are -10.5 point favorites over the Cornhuskers with an over/under point total set at 116.
The Illinois Fighting Illini bounced back from their first Big Ten loss of the year at Purdue as Bruce Weber’s team knocked off in state rival Northwestern on Wednesday night. Illinois appears to have a talented team this season but at times they just haven’t looked all the way on top of their own game. D.J. Richardson is averaging 13.9 points, Brandon Paul is averaging 12.2 points, Meyers Leonard is averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Sam Maniscalco is averaging 9.9 points. As a team Illinois is averaging 68.8 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.6 points and they are shooting 39.6 percent. Illinois is looking at times like a top 25 team and then other times like at Purdue they have looked like an also ran.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have gotten an abrupt welcome to the world of Big Ten college basketball as Doc Sadler’s team has been pounded in their first three conference games. After three double digit losses in a row Nebraska looks to regroup as the schedule doesn’t appear to get much easier in the future and they seek to get their first win as a member of the conference. Bo Spencer is averaging 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists, Toney McCray is averaging 10.4 points, and Brandon Ubel is averaging 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. As a team Nebraska is averaging 62.1 points and they are shooting 42.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.5 points and their opponents shoot 42.8 percent. It looks like it is going to be a long year for the Huskers.
Illinois is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven Big Ten games, 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. Nebraska is 0-5 against the spread following a loss, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games overall.
The total here is set at 116 and while they won’t be blowing out bulbs on the scoreboard here I see it getting past this number.