Minnesota favored by 9.5 against Illinois on Sunday
Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Williams Arena on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.
This season, the Golden Gophers are 17-6 overall and 13-8 ATS ATS, while the Fighting Illini are 16-8 and 9-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Minnesota boasts a 9-9 on the OU, and Illinois is 9-11.
Bettors looking to back visiting Illinois before tip-off in this one found them as 9.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 85-rated Illinois taking on the No. 8-rated Golden Gophers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 79-73 win for the Golden Gophers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has the nation's No. 71-rated offensive output, at 72.2 PPG. The visiting Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 197 allowing on average 67.2 PPG. The Golden Gophers FG% has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 161-rated mark, allowing 69.3 points per game on the highway. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 78 in scoring at home.
Illinois was a 74-72 winner in its last match at home against Indiana. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. Illinois earned a 74-72 victory over Indiana on Thursday, getting 23 points from D.J. Richardson at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
Minnesota was a 61-50 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Minnesota got 11 points from Andre Hollins but lost anyway, 61-50, to Michigan State on Wednesday at Breslin Center.
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Purdue are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Wisconsin are 4-6
After playing Michigan State are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Fighting Illini at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Illinois is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Illinois is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Minnesota is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Illinois
Illinois home to Purdue, Wednesday, February 13
Minnesota home to Wisconsin, Thursday, February 14