Fighting Illini open as college hoops underdog vs Wolverines

Michigan WolverinesIllinois Fighting Illini
Jan 27, 6:00 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall

Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds

18-1TEAM RECORD15-5

The Illinois Fighting Illini will be trying to slam the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday when the teams tip off at University of Illinois Assembly Hall in college betting action.

The Fighting Illini sport records of 15-5 and 7-10 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wolverines have 18-1 and 11-6-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-9 for the Fighting Illini and 10-8 for the Wolverines.

View Michigan vs Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wolverines were listed as 6-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 82 (Fighting Illini) and the No. 12 (Wolverines) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 89-76 result in favor of the Wolverines has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois's No. 68-ranked scoring average of 72.8 PPG, against a Wolverines defense rated No. 37 and allowing 59.2 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 43.1% to date this season, less than the Wolverines shooters have managed so far (50.9% per game).

Defensively, Michigan features the nation's No. 95-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.8 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 122 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan won its last outing, a 68-53 result against Purdue on January 24. They earned a push in that game as a 15-point favorite. Trey Burke scored 15 points leading the Wolverines to a 68-53 victory over Purdue at Crisler Arena on Thursday.

Illinois won its last outing, a 71-51 result against Nebraska on January 22. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. The battle between the Fighting Illini and Cornhuskers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Nebraska was handed a 71-51 defeat on Tuesday at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Northwestern are 7-3
After playing Purdue are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Michigan State are 7-3
After playing Nebraska are 1-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Wolverines at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Michigan is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Michigan is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Illinois is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Michigan
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 6 games
Illinois is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
Illinois is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games

Next up:
Michigan home to Northwestern, Wednesday, January 30
Illinois at Michigan State, Thursday, January 31

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