Colgate Raiders vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction 12/17/2023

Colgate Raiders vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction 12/17/2023

The Colgate Raiders (6-4) travel to face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini (7-2) on Sunday, December 17th. This game will be played at State Farm Center in Champaign and televised on BTN. Colgate is coming off a win in their previous game, while Illinois is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Tennessee. Tip-off is set for 1:00 ET.

Colgate Raiders vs Illinois Fighting Illini

The Colgate Raiders Are Coming Off A Win

After 10 games, Colgate’s record stands at 6-4. In away games, the Raiders are 1-3 while they are 4-1 at home. Prior to today’s game, Colgate has a 5-4 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 10 games, Colgate has an over/under record of 2-7-0, with their games averaging 133.4 points per game on average. When assessing the Raiders’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-1, with their games averaging 145 points per game.

The Illinois Fighting Illini Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their upcoming game against Colgate, the Colgate Raiders have a 7-2 overall record. When playing away, the Fighting Illini have a 1-1 record this season, while at home they have a 5-1 record. Heading into their game against Colgate, Illinois holds a 3-4-1 ATS record. This includes a 1-0-1 mark on the road and a 2-4 record at home.

Through nine games, Illinois has an over/under record of 3-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 139.8 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Fighting Illini’s games have averaged 154 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-2.

Colgate Offense Breakdown

In their latest game, Colgate offense put up 77 points against Vermont. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 53.6% and made 8 threes. The top scorer for the Raiders was Keegan Records with 22 points, while Ryan Moffatt also chipped in with 16 points.

Braeden Smith (G) 14.0 5.7 5.5
Ryan Moffatt (F) 9.8 4.1 1.1
Keegan Records (F) 10.8 7.3 1.7

Illinois Offense Breakdown

The Fighting Illini’s offense wrapped up their last game with 79 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 80 points per contest. Offensively, the Fighting Illini have a season long field goal percentage of 46%, which is 187th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 283rd in percentage and 103rd in three-pointers made.

Terrence Shannon Jr. (G) 21.7 4.0 2.6
Marcus Domask (F) 11.4 4.9 1.8
Luke Goode (G) 8.1 4.8 0.6

Colgate Team Defense

This season, the Colgate defense has been impressive, holding the 32nd position in the country while permitting an average of 63.1 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.7 threes per game vs. Illinois. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 27.7%.

Illinois Team Defense

At present, the Fighting Illini’s defense is nationally ranked 25th, allowing 62.4 points per game. So far, the Illinois defense is giving up an average of 8.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.2 times per game (487th).

Raiders vs Fighting Illini Trends

  • When looking at their past ten road matchups, Colgate has an ATS record of 5-5 while averaging 65 per game. The team went 5-5 overall in these games.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, Illinois has an ATS record of 2-2-1 while averaging 69 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
  • As the betting underdog, the Raiders have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Colgate posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
  • In their last five contests as the favorite, Illinois has a poor record vs the spread going 2-3. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 4-1.

Raiders vs Fighting Illini Prediction

When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Fighting Illini vs. Fighting Illini game, our recommendation is to take the Fighting Illini at -16. Despite our model showing the Fighting Illini winning 77-67, we like Raiders as our point-spread pick.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 145.5, and our model predicts the Raiders and Fighting Illini to score a combined 144 points. We recommend betting on the under.

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