Georgetown Hoyas (0-2) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0)Date : 11/13/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : State Farm Center, Champaigne, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Georgetown Hoyas vs Illinois Fighting Illini
The Georgetown Hoyas will visit State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois, to face the Fighting Illini on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm EST. The Hoyas are coming off an 85-78 home win over Central Connecticut State as the Blue Devils were hot from the start as they certainly played well enough to win, however, with a few breaks going the way of the home team, suffered the heartbreaking loss in the end. The Fighting Illini are coming off a 99-60 home win over the Evansville Aces on Thursday night as they allowed only 22 points to the road team in the first half while exploding for 53 en route to a blowout win.
These two teams last met on December 8, 2005 as the Fighting Illini picked up the 58-47 home win as the Hoyas could only muster 13 points in the first half while shooting only 38% for the night. And while the Illini did not shoot well in their last meeting with Georgetown, they outrebounded them by 13 boards int eh matchup.
Georgetown Hoyas's Latest Performance :
The Hoyas performed miserably on defense as they allowed the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State to convert 48% of their shots in their contest on Saturday night while also shooting 48% from three-point range. And while the Hoyas shot 46% from the field for the game, their ability to get the free throw line was the catalyst for their win as they went 20 of 26 for the contest. Jesse Govan led the Hoyas in scoring with 26 points while also pulling down 8 rebounds for the contest.
While the Hoyas are 2-0 on the season, they have not performed well either on offense nor defense as they are averaging 76 points per game while allowing 66 points to their opponents. They will certainly need to ensure that they are bringing their A game with Illinois as they scored 99 in heir last outing while shooting 57% from the field this year.
Illinois Fighting Illini's Latest Performance :
The Fighting Illini had an easy night versus the Evansville Aces as they shot 56% from the floor along with 45% from the three-point arc for the game. On the other hand, they allowed the visitors to shoot only 38% along with 25% from three-point range. They also outrebounded the Aces by a 38-28 margin in addition to collecting 23 turnovers for the night en route to the victory. Aaron Jordan put up 19 points and seven rebounds for Illinois while Ayo Desunmu had 18 points in the victory. Look for Illinois to continue their stellar play versus a Georgetown team that had struggles throughout their prior contest on the defensive end yet came away with a hard-fought victory.
How Georgetown Hoyas & Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Georgetown is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 0-0
Illinois is 1-0 ATS while the OU is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an interesting matchup in that they Hoyas will be looking to shore up a shaky defense that could not stop Central Connecticut State from scoring in their last outing. Illinois will really be licking their chops due to the lack of defense for the Hoyas, however, look for the road team to perform much better in this area for this outing. Also, the Illini defense will be looking for another solid defense effort on a Hoyas offense that struggled throughout the game in their last outing. In all, expect for this to be a competitive matchup amongst two teams that are looking to remain undefeated on the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini
My reason for the pick :
I will back the home team in this outing as the Illini has played well coming out of the gate in 2018. Expect this to continue versus a Georgetown team that has yet to find its identity in this young season. Also, look for Illinois to bring the intensity on the defensive side of the ball as the Hoyas certainly struggled during their outing versus a subpar Central Connecticut State team in their last matchup. In all, the Illini will certainly be a strong play in this early week matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in the last four games for Illinois dating back to last season while also being the result the last four games for the Hoyas as well. Also, with the Illini playing well on offense while matching up versus a subpar defense in the Hoyas, expect for the score to balloon at some point, thus allowing for the over to be the huge play.
Betting trends for Georgetown Hoyas:
- The Hoyas are 0-7 ATS in last seven games
- The Over is 4-0 in Hoyas last four games
Betting trends for Illinois Fighting Illini:
- Illinois is 4-2 ATS in last six games
- The Over is 4-0 in Illinois last four games