Authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball On Tuesday December 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST on the Big-Ten Television Network.
The (10-3) Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big-Ten Conference will make the trip from the Land of Lincoln to the Metropolitan Detroit Area to take on the (7-5) Michigan Wolverines also of the Big-Ten in 2014 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at Crisler Arena on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This Sports Handicapper believes the Illinois Fighting Illini have one of the best guard tandems in the Big-Ten. The Michigan Wolverines may have lost too much firepower after two great runs in the NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament. The betting line has Michigan as a three-point favorite Against The Point Spread, and the total is not available for Tuesday game.
The 2014-15 Illinois Fighting Illini have won three in a row including a win over a good Missouri team in that span on a neutral court. The Illini three losses came against a very good Villanova team, Miami-Fl and Oregon. Illinois is 1-8-2 Against The Point Spread their last eleven on Tuesday’s. The betting odds under is 8-2 Illinois last ten against Big Ten opponents. Illinois is only 1-4 Against The point Spread on NCAA Basketball Expert Betting Picks this season away from Champaign/Urbana. The Illini have gone over the betting odds total twice and stayed under seven times their last nine. Senior Guards Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice are awesome perimeter players that provide leadership. Illinois is going to struggle in the paint; they are a big man away from being a top 15 team. Illinois will get an invitation to the 2015 NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament.
The 2014-15 Michigan Wolverines and their head coach John Beilein are strong in the backcourt and on the perimeter, but their lack of inside play could be devastating. Michigan has lost four of five including embarrassing home losses to New Jersey Tech and Eastern Michigan. All big-Ten performer Caris Levert is one of the most versatile players in College Basketball. Guard Derrick Walton Jr. And freshman Kameron Chatman are also highly-talented players that will contribute. The betting odds under is 6-2 Michigan last eight at home. The home team is 21-8 Against The Spread the last twenty-nine meeting between the teams. Michigan is has dropped their last six to the number, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under three. The key to a Michigan win is to play inspired, the crowd is going to be fired up. The rumors of football coach Jim Harbaugh coming to the program has the folks in Ann Arbor pumped.
Free Pick: Illinois+3.