Miami vs Illinois: NCAA Basketball Betting Picks and Game Predictions
in prior years, when jim larranagas miami fielded ncaa tournament-level teams, it usuallly relied upon quality bigs.
lately, larranaga has strayed from this reliance.
misfortune explains at least miamis problem indoors. current duke star vernon carey was recruited by the hurricanes but didnt land him.
misfortune does not clarify miamis unwillingness scholarships to land grad transfer bigs.
now , the hurricanes are adhered with sam waardenburg at power and primarily rodney miller at heart forwards.
nether offers considerably more than height. miller is efficient as a and can defend without fouling, but he does not block several shots.
waardenburg is more of a shot-blocker, but is just turning 41.4 per cent of his two-point attempts.
both help explain the reason why the hurricanes allow the two-pointers 19th-highest speed.
when miami got demolished by 20 or more points on its past two games — against florida and connecticut — its rival was headed by a big in scoring.
the illini own its own 34th-ranked efficiency within the arc and the 16th-highest two-point supply is a reason why.
it isnt known by a lot of folks. however, giorgi bezhanishvili was among the top freshman scorers of those big ten and he put illini player records for scoring.
a relevant although enjoyable truth about bezhanishvili is he was a champion dancer in his state of georgia.
his dance capability is unsurprising given that the footwork that he flexes in the article.
in the middle, kofi cockburn is a monster in seven feet.
size only partly explains why he had been a recruit coming in.
for how he utilizes his entire body, he is unique. he has great footwork and is fast. these traits allow him to attack the basket momentum, which, along with his size, make.
cockburn will have tonight to at least 50 pounds over his defender.
points are going to be a factor.
miami is among the worst rebounding teams in the country.
conversely, illinois ranks top-50 both in defensive and offensive rates thanks particularly to this monstrous cockburn but also to the skilled positioning around the glass of the lean and long-armed georgian dancer.
as you would expect the illini of brad underwood are not generating the same number of turnovers.
the cause of this decrease in turnovers is his defenders dont tire as quickly really a seat thats compelling underwood to tone the aggressiveness of his defense.
however, underwoods defense has by no means entirely deviated from applying pressure. as evidence, illinois possesses the 24th-shortest opposing ordinary amount of possession. their opponents are sped up by the illini.
as an example, where they can use a trap, something which illinois defenders like to do would be to force an opposing ball-handler to the sideline.
illinois ability will create miami embarrassing. offensively, tempo-wise would plod along and set up an number of screens.
the backcourt edge of the illini tonight consists in their ability to run their crime even though trent frazier and ayo dosunmu are also highly competent and operate the paint shooters based on what they did all of last year.
ncaab predictions oddsmakers should be favoring illinois easily by double-digits. anticipate an illini cover.
best bet: fighting illini -8 in -105 chances with heritage