Boise State at Illinois 3/20/17 - NIT Picks & Predictions
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Boise State Broncos vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
NCAAB: 9:00 PM EST
Mar. 18, 2017
Latest Odds : ILL -7 Total 146.5
Illinois fired its coach at the end of the regular season, and the team responded by winning its first NIT game in a big way. The Illini are 19-14, and finished 10th in the Big Ten. Whether that magic continues will be determined Monday when Illinois hosts Boise State in the second round. Illinois is 13-5 at home this year.
Boise State beat Utah by five in the opening round, and has done well on the road so far. The Broncos are 20-11 after finishing third in the Mountain West Conference. Counting the opening round win, the Broncos have alternated between wins and losses for the last nine games.
Illinois is led by Malcolm Hill at 17 points per game, and Maverick Morgan is averaging 10.1. Illinois has made 249 3-pointers. Jalen Coleman-Lands has made 66 and Hill has 57. Illinois is shooting 45 percent overall and 37 from behind the arc.
Chandler Hutchinson leads Boise State with 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Paris Austin is averaging 12.5 and James Reid is at 10 points per game. The Broncos have made 247 3-pointers. Nick Duncan has 67 and Reid has 64. Boise State has been shooting 45 percent overall and 35 from 3-point land.
Boise State has never won a national tournament game in seven appearances. The Broncos are averaging 75.7 points per game and are giving up 71.2.
Illinois is playing it closer, averaging 72.1 points per game and giving up 69.5. Illinois has a rich history with 30 tournament appearances and a 40-31 record in the NIT and NCAA combined.
Recent Betting Trends:
Broncos are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Fighting Illini are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Under is 8-3 in Broncos last 11 Monday games.
Under is 7-1 in Fighting Illini last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Betting Pick: Boise State Broncos +7
This Fighting Illini team have been hot the second half of their season but laying 7 point is just too many for Illinois to cover. Boise State is coming off nice outright upset at Utah and that confidence carries over on Monday night. Final Score Prediction, Illinois Fighting Illini win but fall short ATS 71-70.