Yesterday Fordham came out of the gate slow and trailed by 13 at the half, gave us some hope in the second half and even had a chance to hit a 3 to pull within 3 in the final seconds but missed and ended up losing by 8. Onto today and a new streak!
Illinois (#16) -12.5 over Penn State (#96)
Big 10 at home baby! Penn State is a completely different (and worse) team on the road with a 1-8 record while Illinois is 11-3 at home. Penn State just lost by 23 at home to NEBRASKA (#142) while Illinois is coming off a huge 8 point road win against Michigan.
With Penn State with little to play for as they displayed in their last game while Illinois is trying to beef up their tournament seeding as much as possible to make a deep run, I expect blowout city tonight in Champaign. Illinois is one of the most well rounded teams in the country (17th in AdjO and 33rd in AdjD vs 136th and 66th for Penn State), have the size to dominate the Nittany Lions down low, and move the ball much better to create open shot opportunities (39th in assists vs 234th for Penn State).