Indiana Hoosiers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 3-11-22

Indiana Hoosiers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 3/11/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Indiana Hoosiers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 3/11/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Indiana Hoosiers (19-12) will challenge the 16th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini (22-8) in the Big-10 Quarterfinal Round at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday at 11:30 PM ET. Indiana advanced to the next round after winning the opener versus Michigan yesterday and improved to 19-12 on the season.

 

The Hoosiers ended a rough 5-game losing skid with a 3-2 stretch in their last five including a five-point victory over the Michigan Wolverines at 74-69. Indiana took 9th place at 9-11 in the Big-10 Conference with a 19-12 overall standing and a 3-8 road record on the year.

 

The Hoosiers’ offense struggled with a 28-41 halftime lead by the Wolverines but managed to get back with a 46-28 stretch in the final half on the way to their 74-69 come-from-behind victory. Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis led the way for Indiana with 24 points and eight rebounds in the winning effort.

 

The Hoosiers have an average of 71.4 PPG on 45.8% overall shooting while their defense allowed an average scoring of 65.5 PPG to their rivals.

 

Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis carried the load for Indiana with an average of 17.4 PPG on 57.8% FG and grabbed an average of 8.2 rebounds per match. Guard Xavier Johnson led the Hoosiers in assists with an average of 4.8 per contest.

 

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Indiana Hoosiers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 3/11/2022

 

The 16th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini heads to the quarterfinal round with an overall record of 22-8 and riding a three-game winning streak in the regular season. The Fighting Illini eliminated Michigan, Penn State, and the final game against the 24th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes at 74-72 on March 6.

 

Illinois occupied 2nd place at 15-5 in the Big Ten Conference with an overall standing at 22-8 and a home record at 13-3 on the season.

 

The Fighting Illini trailed 37-43 scoring on the way to the second half but outscored the Hawkeyes at 37-29 after the break resulting in their two-point triumph at 74-72. Center Kofi Cockburn nailed a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds in leading Illinois.

 

Center Kofi Cockburn powered the offense for the Fighting Illini with an average scoring of 21.0 PPG in shooting for 59.7% from the field and pulled down an average of 10.6 rebounds per outing. Guard Trent Frazier dished out an average of 4.0 assists per game for Illinois.

 

The Fighting Illini marked an average of 76.2 PPG on 45.6% field-goal while their defense held the scoring of their opponents to just 67.7 PPG.      

 

Indiana Hoosiers vs. no.16 Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Illinois –3.5. The Fighting Illini played better basketball this season and ranked 16th in the league after losing only eight games with an offense that averages 76.2 PPG while the Hoosiers lost a total of 12 contests with an average scoring at 71.4 PPG.

 

Moreover, Illinois gained momentum after winning three consecutive matches while Indiana just recovered from a 2-3 run ending the regular season. Prediction: The Illinois Fighting Illini will win at 71-66.  

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 11:30 PM ET

 

Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN

 

Date: Friday, March 11, 2022

 

TV: ESPN

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Illinois Fighting Illini -3.5       

      

NCAAB Totals: 136.5

 

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