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3/15/2013 7:35:00 AM
Will the Illini hang close to collect again, or will Indiana cover as ‘chalk’ in Chicago? Find out where we have decided to place our College Basketball picks in this matchup.
The Illinois Fighting Illini squeaked by in Thursday’s
Big Ten Tournament action with a 51-49 victory over the Minnesota Golden
Gophers, cashing as three-point underdogs. Friday’s quarterfinal-round opener
has Illinois back on the United Center’s floor against the top-seeded Indiana
Hoosiers, who logged a 3-1 spread record in their last four road spots of the
Illini, Paul get past Minny
Illinois saw a 25-16 halftime lead erased in Thursday’s
victory, rallying with a 7-2 run in the battle’s final six minutes for the
victory. Illini guard Brandon Paul capped off the stretch with a game-winning
jumper, finishing with a team-high 25 points.
Paul united with mate Nnanna Egwu for 11 boards, with
Egwu adding two of his squad’s five blocks. Illinois was held to 32.1 percent
field shooting, while outrebounded by a margin of 36-24.
The matchup’s combined 100 points plunged beneath the
‘total’ of 126 ½, moving the UNDER to 6-1 in Illinois’ last seven games. Paul
drilled 4-of-8 buckets beyond the arc, while the Illini sank 9-of-10 free
Hoosiers, Zeller prevail in Ann Arbor
Indiana ended its regular season with Sunday’s 72-71 win
over the Michigan Wolverines, collecting as a 1 ½-point road dog. Hoosiers
forward Cody Zeller notched ended the contest with a stretch of six unanswered
points, including a go-ahead layup with 14 seconds remaining.
Zeller finished with his second double-double in three
games, coming away with 25 points and 10 boards. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and
Kevin Ferrell logged three assists each, while mates Jordan Hulls and Will
Sheehey united to drain 5-of-11 shots from three-point land.
The battle’s 143 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 147,
moving the UNDER to 5-2 in the Hoosiers’ last seven affairs. Indiana sizably
edged the Wolverines in rebounds, 47-26, while both sides combined to hit
12-of-22 free throws.
Back the Hoosiers as ‘chalk’
The NCAA Basketball odds makers at 5Dimes.eu opened Indiana as a nine-point favorite, with
early sports betting action on the Hoosiers lifting the number a ‘hook’ to 9 ½. The
winning squad advances to Saturday’s semifinal round, facing either the
Michigan Wolverines or Wisconsin Badgers.
For tonight's NCAA Basketball picks, I am laying the points here with Indiana, looking for a
solid return to the hardwood after four days off. The Hoosiers also have a
revenge factor after last month’s 74-72 defeat to Illinois, blowing a 12-point
Indiana found the rims at a sizable 50 percent from the
floor on that occasion, including a 9-for-17 mark beyond the arc. Zeller and
three of his mates reached double figures, while out-rebounding the Illini,
Illinois is 0-2 ATS in its last pair of spots as an
underdog of nine points or more, failing to cash against Ohio State and
Michigan. The Illini were held to 56.5 PPG in those duels, shooting a combined
38.1 percent from the floor over the two contests.
Look for Illinois to fall flat again here, while the
Hoosiers put up a statement win by double digits.
NCAA Basketball Pick:
Indiana Hoosiers -9 ½ (5Dimes.eu)