The Minnesota Golden Gophers will be taking on another ranked Big Ten team on Wednesday night in Champaign as they look for their second ATS victory in a row over the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Gophers got past the Illini 77-72 at home as a 4.5-point favorite on the college basketball betting lines at the sportsbooks when those schools met last January. Overall Minnesota is 2-3 both SU and ATS in its past five games against Illinois.
The Fighting Illini currently sports a 14-2 record overall in NCAA basketball betting action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-7 ATS. The Golden Gophers are 14-1 and 9-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Fighting Illini produce a 6-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Golden Gophers have gone 5-5 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 41-rated Fighting Illini and the No. 4-ranked Golden Gophers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 85-80 result in favor of the Golden Gophers.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois has the nation's No. 48-rated offensive output, at 75.8 PPG. The visiting Golden Gophers defense ranks No. 46 allowing on average 59.2 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 44.2% so far, less than the Golden Gophers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.9% per game.
Defensively, Minnesota features the nation's No. 51-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.5 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 109 nationally in scoring at home.
Minnesota won its last outing, a 69-51 result against Northwestern on January 6. They covered in that game as a 17-point favorite. Minnesota earned a 69-51 victory over Northwestern on Sunday, getting 19 points from Austin Hollins at Williams Arena.
Illinois was a 74-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against Ohio State. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Fighting Illini got 19 points from Brandon Paul as Illinois ran past Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 3-7
After playing Northwestern are 1-9
After a win are 9-1
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Wisconsin are 5-5
After playing Ohio State are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Golden Gophers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 8-0-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Minnesota is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Illinois is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Illinois is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
Illinois is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
Illinois is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota at Indiana, Saturday, January 12
Illinois at Wisconsin, Saturday, January 12