Picks & Predictions: FAU vs Illinois 12/5/2023

Picks & Predictions: FAU vs Illinois 12/5/2023

December 5, 2023


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On December 5 at Madison Square Garden, two explosive teams will face off: the No. 20 Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1) and the No. 11 Florida Atlantic Owls (7-1).


The Florida Atlantic Owls got a 90-74 victory at home over Charleston Southern in their last game. This is Vladislav Goldin’s best season yet. For the past five games, the junior center has made a minimum of 70% of his field goals. He scored seventeen points in his last game and currently has a 15.4 PPG and 7.1 RPG average. Johnell Davis, a junior guard, is nimble with the ball and owns a fluid outside jumper. He averages 6.8 rebounds and 13.6 points per game and recorded 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals in his most recent game. Following its last performance, FAU has won five games in a row. Thanks to excellent shooting, the Owls scored 83 points or more in each of those wins; yet, they have also given up 74 points or more in 3 of their previous 5 games.



After defeating Rutgers 76-58 in their most recent game, Illinois are now 6-1 on the season. Illinois had a 41-36 lead at the half and won by limiting Rutgers to a mere 22 points in the 2nd half. Terrence Shannon Jr., a senior guard, is a skillful scorer who drives the lane with confidence. He averages 20 points, 2.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. In 4 of his past 5 matches, he has scored at least twenty points. Shannon Jr. recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Rutgers. Illinois has a 57% effectiveness field goal in terms of percentage, but their shooting from deep and the free throw line is below average. The defense is one of the strongest; in their previous 2 matches, they have given up just 52 and 58 points respectively, and their average of giving up just 58.6 points is good for 8th place.


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FAU vs Illinois Game Information


  • Date: 12/05/2023
  • Time: 06:30 PM ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden.
  • How to Watch FAU vs Illinois: ESPN2
  • Live Stream: CBS.com


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