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The Big Ten will be on full display on Thursday, January 17th when the Illinois Fighting Illini ( 14-4, 6-9 ATS ) tries to tame the Northwestern Wildcats ( 10-7, 6-9 ATS ). This shootout at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL can be seen live on the Big Ten Network at 8:15 p.m. ET.
College Basketball Odds – Road Warriors Northwestern Wildcats To Cover Illinois Fighting Illini
Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC
If you”re a fan of betting the college basketball odds, you”ve come to the right place here at . Join us as we break down the clash on the hardwood between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday in the Big Ten.
The Wildcats have dropped three of their first four games in Big Ten play, and this is going to be the fifth straight game in which they are dogs on the . All of Northwestern”s games have been ugly in conference, as they have all been decided by margins of 16 points or greater.
The last time we saw the Cats on the floor was over the weekend when they were crushed by the Iowa Hawkeyes 70-50 at home. The team shot just 15-of-51 from the field for the day, and the 50 points scored was the lowest total since getting beaten 50-44 by Illinois-Chicago back on December 1st.
With G Drew Crawford out for the year with a shoulder injury, there just aren”t that many scoring options on this club. It”s going to take a lot more than the six points that G Reggie Hearn put up against the Hawkeyes to beat the college basketball gambling odds against the Illini.
Illinois hasn”t played well of late offensively either. Head Coach John Groce is trying to get the team to push the basketball, and it just isn”t working against some of these teams out of the Big Ten. The Wisconsin Badgers held the Illini down to just 18 field goals for the game in a 74-51 romp at the Kohl Center over the weekend. Three of the four games in conference have seen Illinois score just 67 points or fewer, and that won”t cut it with this style of play.
G Brandon Paul needs to play better than he did against the Badgers this week. He only had eight points in 30 minutes on the court at the Kohl Center, and to beat the college basketball wagering odds in this one, he”ll need to score closer to his 18.1 points per game average.
Free Pick – The Illini are probably going to get their 15th win of the year on Thursday, but that doesn”t mean they’re going to cover. The Wildcats have strangely been road warriors on the season. They”re just 6-6 SU and 3-6 ATS in games played in Evanston, and they”re a whopping 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS when playing away from home. Throw in the fact that Illinois is just 5-17 ATS in its last 22 games played in the Big Ten and 8-21 ATS in its last 29 games overall, then parlay it all with the fact that the Wildcats won 74-70 the last time they visited Champaign, and the makings are there for a cover for the visitors.
Back the Northwestern Wildcats
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