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Big Ten Tournament - College Basketball Matchup - Michigan Wolverines Illinois Fighting Illini Odds Preview

Illinois Fighting IlliniMichigan Wolverines
19-13March 14, 2014, 12:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse23-7

Illinois faces Michigan on Friday, hoping to send the Wolverines to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Its the Big Ten Tournament betting odds preview that fans of these longtime rivals have been waiting for.

Michigan was an early 6-point favorite according to Bovada, while the total was around 125 over at GTbets.eu.

Supporters of the Fighting Illini have watched them go 19-13 and 15-14-2 ATS on the year, while the Wolverines are at 23-7 and 15-12-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Wolverines are 17-11, while the Fighting Illini have a 10-19-1 mark.

View Illinois Fighting Illini vs Michigan Wolverines Odds and Stats.

Michigan opened as -6.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 49-rated Wolverines and the No. 178-ranked Fighting Illini, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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In their last action, Illinois was a 64-54 winner at home against Indiana. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Indiana got 14 points from Yogi Ferrell but lost anyway, 64-54, to Illinois on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Last time out for Michigan, they were an 84-80 winner as they battled Indiana at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. Michigan got 21 points from Nik Stauskas en route to an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Crisler Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan's No. 49-ranked scoring average of 75.47 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense rated No. 23 and allowing 62.5 PPG. The Wolverines FG% has averaged 48.03% to date this season, more than the Fighting Illini shooters have managed so far (40.82% per game).

 

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