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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights College Basketball Betting Preview

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Louis Brown Athletic Center Saturday as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to beat the odds vs the Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Illinois Fighting Illini opened as -3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini will look to cover the spread vs the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, as the Fighting Illini are 15-14 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Scarlet Knights are 12-12 ATS. Illinois is 12-17 against the total, while Rutgers is 9-14-1 versus the total betting line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights rated this week at No. 276 and the Illinois Fighting Illini sitting at No. 72.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Rutgers has the nation's No. 247-rated offensive output, at 65.8 PPG. The visiting Illinois Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 94 allowing on average 69.97 PPG. The Scarlet Knights FG% has averaged 41.17% so far, less than the Rutgers Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.18% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Illinois got 22 points from Malcolm Hill en route to a 73-70 victory over Michigan State on Wednesday at State Farm Center.

Rutgers was run off the court by the Terrapins on Tuesday as Maryland routed them 79-59 at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Illinois's last 11 games
  • Illinois is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games
  • Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games at home

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