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Illinois at Rutgers 2/15/20 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Game Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date & Time Saturday February 15, 2020, 4:30 PM (EST)
Location
Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC), 83, Rockafeller Road, Randolphville, Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, 08854, USA
Latest odds
RUTG -2.5 Total 130.5
TV Channel
BTN

The No. 22 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini will visit Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey on Saturday for a Big Ten clash with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Illinois fell to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten following its 70-69 loss to the Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday. However the bigger loss may be that of Ayo Dosunmu the star guard for Illinois who was injured on the last play of the game and is expected to miss Saturday's game with Rutgers.

Ayo Dosunmu is the leading scorer and leader in assists for Illinois with averages of 15.8 points and 3.3 assists per game. Kofi Cockburh is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Three players for Illinois are averaging double figures in scoring.

Rutgers dropped to 17-8 overall and 8-6 in the Big Ten following its 72-66 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday. Rutgers has lost three of its last four. The Scarlet Knights were behind by 15 at halftime and battled back in the second half but came up short in the end.

Ron Harper Jr. is the leading scorer for Rutgers with an average of 11.2 points per game, while Geo Baker is the second-leading scorer and leader in assists with averages of 10.1 points and 3.4 assist per game. Myles Johnson is the leading rebounder for Rutgers with an average of 7.9 per game. 

Recent Betting Trends

  • Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6
  • The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Fighting Illini’s last 6
  • Rutgers is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6
  • The OVER has cashed in 4 of the Scarlet Knights last 6
Free Pick:
Rutgers Scarlet Knights -2.5

Illinois is likely to play without its top scorer Ayo Dosunmu who was hurt on the last play of the game when the Illini lost to Michigan State. Illinois is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS in its last three overall. Rutgers lost to Illinois 54-51 earlier this season on Illinois' home court but was able to cover as 5.5-point road dogs. This time around the Scarlet Knights take revenge and pick up a win on their own court with a cover. Final Score Prediction, Rutgers Scarlet Knights win and cover ATS 62-55.

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