9:00 p.m. ET No.6 Illinois (-14.5) at Nebraska O/U: 148.5
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Illinois||-14 (-110)||-1200||O 148½ (-110)|
|Nebraska||+14 (-110)||+800||U 148½ (-110)|
The 13-5 Illini travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the 4-11 Cornhuskers Friday night. Illinois was last in action last Saturday, taking down then-No.19 Wisconsin 75-60 at home. Nebraska played that same Wisconsin team at home Wednesday night, losing 61-48. These two teams were scheduled to play on Jan. 13, but that game was postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases in Nebraska’s program.
Illinois is led by big man Kofi Cockburn, who averages 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The 7-foot, 285-pound Cockburn, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, has recorded a double-double in eight of his last nine games, proving to be a massive mismatch for Big Ten opponents in a conference where teams pride themselves on being physical.
Nebraska is led by guard Teddy Allen, who is averaging 16.9 points per game this season. Allen has struggled mightily in his last two games, however, averaging just 7.5 point while shooting 25 percent from the field. He’ll need to play much, much better, particularly shooting the basketball, for Nebraska to have any chance of even keeping it close in this one.
A slumping Allen isn’t all the Cornhuskers have to worry about coming into this contest. Nebraska has been in an absolute free fall, losing eight games in a row heading into this mismatch. The Cornhuskers have gone 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, proving that even Vegas cannot figure out just how bad the Cornhuskers really are.
Now, coming off six days of rest, the Illini should be focused and put an overmatched, slumping foe away early. Illinois just beat Wisconsin by 15 points, giving no one any reason to believe the Illini will not be able to handily defeat Nebraska on Friday night.
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