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Illinois favored by 2.5 against Gonzaga on Saturday

Gonzaga BulldogsIllinois Fighting Illini
Dec 3, 3:15 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds

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The Fighting Illini hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Gonzaga Bulldogs pay a visit to University of Illinois Assembly Hall on the college basketball betting menu.

Illinois battles the Bulldogs, currently sitting with a 5-0 mark (3-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-3 for the Fighting Illini and 2-3 for the Bulldogs.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Gonzaga before tip-off in this one will find them as 2.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 312-rated Gonzaga taking on the No. 262-rated Fighting Illini in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 84-82 win for the Fighting Illini on Saturday.

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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. 107-ranked scoring average of 72.3 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 99 and allowing 63 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 46.4% to date this season, more than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (43.5% per game).

Defensively, Gonzaga features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 178 nationally in scoring at home.

Gonzaga was a 73-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Notre Dame. They covered the 12–point spread as favorites. The battle between the Bulldogs and Fighting Irish didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Notre Dame was handed a 73-53 defeat on Wednesday at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Illinois was a 71-62 winner in its last match on the road against Maryland. They covered the 5–point spread as favorites. Sam Maniscalco scored 24 points leading the Fighting Illini to a 71-62 victory over Maryland at Comcast Center on Tuesday.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Michigan State are 4-0
After playing Notre Dame are 1-0
After a win are 9-1

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Maryland are 4-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Bulldogs at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Gonzaga is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Gonzaga home to Michigan State, Saturday, December 10
Illinois home to St. Bonaventure, Wednesday, December 7

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