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Golden Gophers open as college hoops underdog vs Fighting Illini

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Dec 27, 7:30 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds


A key college battle sees the visiting Golden Gophers travelling to Illinois Tuesday to take on the Fighting Illini on Tuesday.

The Fighting Illini sit at 11-2 (5-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Golden Gophers are currently 12-1 (5-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Illinois is 5-6 OU, and Minnesota is 4-6 OU.

View Minnesota vs Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Fighting Illini are listed as 5.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 102-rated Minnesota taking on the No. 54-rated Fighting Illini in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 77-75 win for the Fighting Illini on Tuesday.


How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 152-ranked offense, averaging 69.4 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 49 at 59.9 PPG. The Fighting Illini field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Golden Gophers marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.4% per game.

Defensively, Minnesota features the nation's No. 338-rated defense on the road, allowing 85 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 229 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 63-59 winner at home against North Dakota State. They failed to cover the 11–point spread as favorites. The Golden Gophers grabbed a 63-59 win over the Bison on Thursday, behind a 15-point effort from Ralph Sampson III at Williams Arena.

In their last action, Illinois was a 78-74 loser at home against Missouri. They covered the 7–point spread as underdogs. Missouri got 18 points from Phil (Flip) Pressey en route to a 78-74 victory over Illinois on Thursday at Scottrade Center.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Michigan are 4-6
After playing North Dakota State are 4-1
After a win are 9-1

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Purdue are 6-4
After playing Missouri are 9-1
After a loss are 8-2

A few Golden Gophers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Minnesota is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Illinois is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Illinois is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing Minnesota
Illinois is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Michigan, Sunday, January 1
Illinois at Purdue, Saturday, December 31