Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/29/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/29/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Northwestern Wildcats will play host to a Big Ten game against the number 24 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, January 29 at 4:30 pm ET at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. 

 

The Illinois Fighting Illini improved to 7-2, placing them second in the Big Ten and 14-5 overall.  The Northwestern Wildcats dropped to 2-7, second to last in the Big Ten, and 9-9 overall.  

 

The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Michigan State Spartans at 56-55 last Tuesday.  Illinois led by 14 points at the end of the first half but only scored 22 points while allowing Michigan State to score 35 points in the second half.  

 

Trent Frazier led in scoring with 16 points while Alfonso Plummer added 11 points.  Freshman Luke Goode was 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, finishing with 9 points and four rebounds.  The Fighting Illini were 41.5% in shooting and limited Michigan State to 34.5%. 

 

Illinois made 9 of 29 three-points and was only 3 of 7 in free throws.  They were outrebounded by Michigan 41-27 but forced Michigan to turn over the ball 11 times.  Key players Kofi Cockburn and Andre Curbelo were absent in the game.  

 

This season, Illinois posted an average of 78.1 ppg which is 45th, 41.3 rebounds per game is 19th, and 15.7 assists per game is tied for 55th in NCAA Men’s Basketball. 

 

Alfonso Plummer leads the Fighting Illini with an average of 16.2 ppg.  Da’Monte Williams leads with 5.4 rpg.  Trent Frazer leads with 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Omar Payne leads with 0.9 blocks per game while Kofi Cockburn leads with 58.9% in field goals.   

 

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats Predictions 1/29/2022

 

The Northwestern Wildcats will look to snap their three-game losing streak.  Last Wednesday, Northwestern was defeated by the Michigan Wolverines at 72-70.  The Wildcats outscored Michigan 39-38 in the second half but couldn’t finish with the win. 

 

Pete Nance was the highest scorer with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Boo Buie and Ryan Young added 13 points each.  Robbie Beran finished with 10 points.  The Wildcats were shooting 44.8%, made 8 of 17 from beyond the arc, and only 16 of 26 in free throws. They were edged in rebounding by Michigan 24-25 but forced the Wolverines to turn over the ball 13 times.  

 

This season, Northwestern posted an average of 76.2 ppg which is 80th, 36.6 rebounds per game is 161st, and 17.3 assists per game which is top 16 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball. 

 

Pete Nance leads the Wildcats with an average of 16 ppg, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.  Ryan Young with 57.4% field goal attempts and Boo Buie leads with 5.3 assists per game.  Julian Ropper II leads with 1.2 steals per game. 

 

#24 Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats.  The NCAAB pick is the Illinois Fighting Illini.  The Illinois Fighting Illini is the better team overall.  Illinois averages 78.1 ppg versus 76.2 from Northwestern. 

 

The Fighting Illini only allows 66.3 ppg compared to 68.9 from the Wildcats.  Illinois is also ahead in shooting at 46% versus 44.3% from Northwestern.  Taking the win on the road is the Illinois Fighting Illini with a final score prediction and will cover 73-68.

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 4:30 P.M. ET

 

Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston

 

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022

 

TV: BTN

 

NCAAB ODDS: Illinois Fighting Illini -2.5

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 140.5

 

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