Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/7/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/7/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Illinois Fighting Illini will be dribbling the ball through the hoop against the Northwestern Wildcats at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Thursday, January 07, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET. No.12 Illinois increased their overall standing to 8-3 and took 2nd place in the Big Ten Conference after they defeated the Purdue Boilermakers last Saturday at 66-58. Center Kofi Cockburn led his team in the win with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Guards Ayo Dosunmu and Da’Monte Williams chipped in 12 points each while Williams added a team-high 10 rebounds. Andre Curbelo led the assist department with 6 in the winning effort.

This season, Guard Ayo Dosunmu led the way for the Fighting Illini in scoring and assists with an average of 23.0 points and 5.0 assists per contest. Center Kofi Cockburn recorded the second team-high 16.9 points per match and led the rebounding department with an average of 9.9 rebounds per outing. Dosunmu and Cockburn are the only two players who posted double-digit scoring for Illini. The Illinois Fighting Illini made 52.7% overall scoring efficiency and marked a 41.8% shooting from the rainbow country.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats Predictions 1/7/2021

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to bounce back after a 66-85 defeat to the top-ranked Michigan Wolverines and lessened their overall standing to 6-3 and earned 6th place in the Big Ten Conference. Forward Robbie Beran led Northwestern in scoring with 14 points while Forwards Miller Kopp and Pete Nance added 13 & 10 points, respectively. Ryan Young topped the rebounding for the Wildcats with 7 while Guard Boo Buie contributed a team-high 4 assists. The Northwestern Wildcats already lost two games in a row.

On the year, Forward Miller Kopp led the Wildcats’ players in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per match. Ryan Young dominated the glass with an average of 6.2 rebounds per outing while Boo Buie led the assist department with an average of 5.4 assists per contest. Four Northwestern’s players averaged double-digit scoring while the Wildcats’ team posted a field goal percentage of 47.3 and a shooting efficiency of 41.1% from the long-range.

#12 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Northwestern Wildcats. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Illinois -7. The Fighting Illini ranked 21st in offense and 165th on defense while the Wildcats ranked 40th in offense and 126th on defense. Northwestern had an impressive start this season with 6-1 SU but lost their last two outings. Meanwhile, Illinois is 8-3 SU and a convincing 6-4-1 ATS in the Fighting Illini’s last 11 match-ups this season. The no.12 Illinois Fighting Illini has a potent offense in the paint and on the perimeter with their leading scorers Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn. Final Score Prediction, the Illinois Fighting Illini will win and cover ATS at 79-74.

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/7/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET

Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL

Date: Thursday, January 07, 2021


NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Illinois Fighting Illini -7

NCAAB Totals: 150

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