Illinois favored by 18.5 against Gardner-Webb on Sunday
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
The visiting Gardner-Webb Bulldogs hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at University of Illinois Assembly Hall against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Supporters of the Bulldogs have watched them go 4-3 and 2-0 ATS on the year, while the Fighting Illini are at 6-0 and 3-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Fighting Illini are 2-1, while the Bulldogs have a 0-0 mark.
Bettors looking to side with Illinois in this one found them as 18.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 213-rated Fighting Illini and the No. 158-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-73 result in favor of the Fighting Illini.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 103 in NCAA hoops at 37.9 per game. Contrast that with Illinois’s No. 105 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois is the No. 1-ranked team in the country at 11.5 per game, while Gardner-Webb rates No. 287 at 4.6 per game.
Defensively, Gardner-Webb features the nation's No. 139-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.7 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 44 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Gardner-Webb, they were a 72-62 winner as they battled Austin Peay at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. Gardner-Webb got 21 points from Donta Harper en route to a 72-62 victory over Austin Peay on Wednesday at Moon Palace Resort.
Last time out for Illinois, they were a 78-61 winner as they battled Butler at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. The Fighting Illini grabbed a 78-61 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday, behind a 20-point effort from Brandon Paul at Lahaina Civic Center.
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Georgia Tech are 1-0
After a win are 7-3
A few Bulldogs at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Gardner-Webb home to Virginias-Wise, Monday, December 3
Illinois home to Georgia Tech, Wednesday, November 28