Michigan at Illinois 1/10/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:21 AM ET

Michigan at Illinois 1/10/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The No. 2 ranked Michigan Wolverines visit State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois on Thursday for a Big Ten clash with the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Wolverines remained unbeaten at 15-0 with a 74-63 win on Sunday over Indiana. Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 18 points helping Michigan build an early double-digit lead and then hold on late for the win.

Illinois fell to 4-11 on the season after falling to Northwestern 68-66 on Sunday. The Fighting Illini were led in the loss by Ayo Dosunmu with 18 points, while Adonis De La Rosa scored 12. The loss was the Illini’s fourth straight. Trent Frazier’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer to win the game just missed its mark. Ignas Brazdeikis is the leading scorer and second leading rebounder with averages of 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The leading rebounder is Jon Teske with an average of 6.1 per game, while Zavier Simpson leads the Wolverines in assists with an average of 5.9 per game. Michigan is shooting 46.8% from the field and 37.0% from 3-point territory.

Trent Frazier leads Illinois in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game. Aaron Jordan leads the team in rebounds with an average of 4.9 per game. The leader in assists is Frazier with an average of 3.2 per game. Illinois is shooting 42.4% from the field and 34.4% from 3-point territory.

While Michigan is far better than Illinois, it will be tough for the Wolverines to cover a large spread. The Wolverines have covered the number in just 2 of the last 7 played and 1 of the last 5 versus an opponent with a losing record straight up. Expect the Wolverines to move to 16-0 on the season, but come up short against the nut. Final Score Prediction, Michigan Wolverines win but fall short ATS 73-66.

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