Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2-16-22

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The #12 Illinois Fighting Illini will meet with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten Conference clash in Jersey Mike’s Arena, Piscataway, NJ, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 7:00 PM ET. After beating the Northwestern Wildcats 73-66 on Sunday, the 12th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini climbed to 18-6 on the season.

 

After having a 44-30 halftime edge, Illinois enabled Northwestern to rally back to make it a competitive match late in the second half, but the Fighting Illini were capable of holding off the Wildcats for the victory after grabbing a 67-60 lead with 1:40 remaining in the game.

 

Illinois shot 43.1 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from beyond the arc, while Northwestern shot 38.7 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from long range.

 

Kofi Cockburn produced a double-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal to lead the Fighting Illini. Illinois is generating 76.6 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field this season. The Fighting Illini are hitting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc, posting 9.4 three-pointers a game.

 

Illinois’ opponents are averaging 66.2 points per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the field on defense. The Fighting Illini has an 8.5 rebounding margin and a -2.3 turnover margin.

 

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Illinois’ last 6 matches.
  • The University of Illinois Fighting Illini is 10-3 SU in their last 13 matches against Rutgers.
  • Illinois is 17-3 SU in their last 20 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Predictions 2/16/2022

 

After beating the 14th ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 73-65, on Saturday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights won their third consecutive game and advanced to 15-9 on the season.

 

Rutgers’ offense was strong against Wisconsin, and the Scarlet Knights were able to break away later after a 14-5 surge in the last 4:49 of regulation. Wisconsin shot 47.3 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from beyond the arc, while Rutgers shot 51.0 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from beyond the arc.

 

Ron Harper Jr. led the way for the Scarlet Knights with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block. Rutgers is generating 68.4 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the field this season. The Scarlet Knights are hitting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc, posting 6.3 three-pointers per game.

 

Rutgers’ opponents are averaging 64.8 points per game on 41.0 percent shooting from the field on defense. The Scarlet Knights have a 2.0 rebounding margin and a 0.9 turnover margin.

 

  • The total went OVER in 7 of Rutgers’ last 8 matches against Illinois.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Rutgers’ last 5 matches at home against Illinois.
  • Rutgers is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

#12 Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Illinois won five of their past six games, but despite a recent victory at Indiana, this is still a squad that dropped by double digits on the road to Maryland and Purdue and struggled to win the turnover fight, with the Fighting Illini ranking 314th in turnover margin.

 

Rutgers lost 86-51 to Illinois earlier this season, but the Scarlet Knights are outstanding at home this season, going 12-2 at home with victories over Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State, and I believe their defense, which places 62nd in scoring defense and 64th in defensive FG percent, will keep this game close. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will win to a predicted score of 68-65.

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 6:30 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Donald N. Dedmon Center, Radford, VA

 

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

 

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NCAAB Odds: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +5

 

NCAAB Totals: 132.5

 

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