Illinois Fighting Illini vs Missouri Tigers in college hoops odds
Missouri Tigers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini will hit the floor running against the visiting Missouri Tigers Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
Scottrade Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
The Fighting Illini are 12-0 so far on the season, and 5-4 ATS vs. the number. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 9-1 and 3-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Illinois go 4-4 and the Tigers go 3-3 on the totals.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois sat as 1-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Fighting Illini - Tigers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois is rated No. 50 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Missouri is at No. 49. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 87-84 win for the Tigers.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Tigers rank No. 2 in NCAA Division 1 with 46.1 per game. That compares with Illinois’s No. 128 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Illinois is college basketball's No. 1-ranked team at 10 per game, while the Tigers rate No. 190 with 6 per game.
Defensively, Missouri features the nation's No. 129-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.5 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 128 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Missouri was a 102-51 winner at home against South Carolina State. Missouri cruised to victory on Monday, running South Carolina State out of the gym and running up a 102-51 score at Mizzou Arena.
Illinois was a 66-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Kentucky. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites. The Fighting Illini grabbed a 66-53 win over the Colonels on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Brandon Paul at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
Missouri Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing UCLA are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After a win are 10-0
A few Tigers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Missouri
Missouri at UCLA, Friday, December 28
Illinois home to Auburn, Saturday, December 29