Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -6 — Over/Under: 132.5
The Indiana Hoosiers (18-10, CONF 8-9) and Illinois Fighting Illini (19-9, CONF 11-6) face off in a Big Ten showdown at the State Farm Center. Indiana has won their last three games over Illinois but this is the first meeting between the two teams this year. Both squads have been inconsistent, especially the Hoosiers, and that consistency usually goes in the dumper when they are on the road, which they will be on Sunday.
The Indiana Hoosiers could all but lock up a tournament berth if they are able to come away with a win in this game. The Hoosiers are coming into this game off a loss against Purdue. The Purdue loss was troubling because of the Hoosier’s inability to put the ball in the hole. Shooting the ball has been a problem most of the year.
The Illini seems to be pretty safe to get into the NCAA Tournament barring a collapse, but losing this game could very well signal that. At home this season Illinois has a 13-3 record and the biggest reason has been the defense is giving up only 61.8 points per game. The Fighting Illini are led by guard Ayo Dosunmu, who is averaging 16.4 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Dosunmu has scored at least 16 points in each of their last five games.
Prediction: The Hoosiers must control the tempo with their guard play and those guards must be able to hit shots when Trace Jackson Davis gets double-teamed inside and has to kick it out. Also, Davis must be decisive when he is double-teamed! The Hoosiers have struggled at the three-point line but that cannot happen in this game if they are to win. I really believe the Hoosiers will stay in this game and pull it out in the end behind a huge performance by Davis and a few Devonte Green three-point shots.
Hoosiers 65, Illini 64