NCAA Tournament Odds: Miami vs. Illinois
No. 7 Illinois has advanced to the Round of 32 in the East Region for Sunday, but to get to the Sweet Sixteen they'll have to pull off an upset against No. 2 Miami on the hardwood in Austin.
Illinois held off No. 10 Colorado for a 57-49 win in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, getting a cover as a small 1-point favorite on the day. Miami rolled over No. 15 Pacific in the Round of 64 with a 78-49 win as 14-point chalk.
The Hurricanes are 28-6 so far on the season, and 20-9-2 ATS vs. the number. The Fighting Illini, meanwhile, are 23-12 and 14-18 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 12-16-1 and the Fighting Illini go 12-19 on the totals.
Bettors looking to back visiting Illinois before tip-off in this one found them as 6-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Hurricanes) and the No. 104 (Fighting Illini) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 76-70 result in favor of the Hurricanes has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Miami has the nation's No. 108-rated offensive output, at 70.1 PPG. The visiting Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 128 allowing on average 64.8 PPG. The Hurricanes FG% has averaged 46% so far, more than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 92-rated mark, allowing 66.2 points per game on the highway. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 138 in scoring at home.
Illinois won its last outing, a 57-49 result against Colorado on March 22. They covered in that game as a 1-point favorite. Illinois earned a 57-49 victory over Colorado on Friday, getting 17 points from Brandon Paul at Frank Erwin Center.
Miami was a 78-49 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pacific. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. Miami cruised to victory on Friday, running Pacific out of the gym and running up a 78-49 score at Frank Erwin Center.
A few Fighting Illini at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 9 games