Illinois lost four straight off seven game winning streak. Such teams are 25-14-1 for 64.1 percent (Illinois)
Penn State won eight straight
Road teams lost at least four straight versus opponent won at least seven straight are 69-49-3
Lamar Stevens, is the PSU top scorer averaging 17.7 points per game. Stevens is averaging just over 21 points in his last eight games
Illini freshman center Kofi Cockburn is 6-9 and goes against small PSU frontline
Cockburn is currently averaging 13.6 ppg but has averaged just 8.3 points in the last four games
Ayo Dosunmu, soph is leading scorer for Illinois but questionable
Independent computer predictions: Penn State 74-67, 76-66, 76-67
The pick: Illinois +7
Oklahoma St at WVU (-11, 135)
OSU seniors have combined to account for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 62 percent of all Cowboys points over the team’s last five games
How will they score to WVU? The West Virginia defense has allowed only 61.8 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Mountaineers 19th among Division I teams. The Oklahoma State offense has averaged 67.2 points through 25 games (ranked 261st, nationally).
The Mountaineers not being able to total 60 points in their current losing streak. They have been plagued by a combination of poor shooting and turnovers, averaging 42% from the field and 30% from three, while also committing over 15 turnovers per game.
The Tigers have allowed just 63.7 points per game across six conference games, an improvement from the 76.7 per game they gave up in non-conference play.
Princeton has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 71.4 points while giving up 54.8.
Yale defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 37.9 percent, the 11th-best mark in the country. Princeton has allowed opponents to shoot 47 percent from the field through 19 games
Independent computer predictions: Yale 72-66, 71-65, 75-67 (all by at least 6)
The pick: YALE
Akron (-5, 155) at Central Michigan
Akron has gone 4-2 in their past six games. In those wins, they’ve allowed 40 percent shooting.
Top two defensive teams in conference
UA will play four of their next five games on the road. So far, they’re 5-3 away from Rhodes Arena