Auburn Tigers visit Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Auburn Tigers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Auburn when they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
The Tigers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 3-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Fighting Illini are 5-5 ATS. Auburn is 2-1 against the total, while Illinois is 5-4 versus the number.
Bettors looking to back visiting Auburn before tip-off in this one found them as 10.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 45-rated Fighting Illini and the No. 155-ranked Tigers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 80-72 result in favor of the Fighting Illini.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Illinois's No. 126-rated squad against Auburn's No. 122-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Illinois rates No. 1 in the country with 9.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 202 nationally with 5.9 per match.
Defensively, Auburn features the nation's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 58 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 129 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Auburn, they were a 74-67 loser as they battled Winthrop at home. The Tigers got 22 points from Frankie Sullivan, but it was Winthrop that prevailed in a 74-67 final on Saturday at Auburn Arena.
Illinois lost its last outing, an 82-73 result against Missouri on December 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog. Laurence Bowers scored 23 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Missouri on Saturday, leading the Tigers to an 82-73 victory over Illinois at Scottrade Center.
Auburn Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Florida State are 5-0
After playing Winthrop are 2-1
After a loss are 4-6
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Purdue are 6-4
After playing Missouri are 9-1
After a loss are 2-8
A few Tigers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Auburn is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Illinois is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Illinois is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Auburn home to Florida State, Wednesday, January 2
Illinois at Purdue, Wednesday, January 2