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NCAAB betting line favors Fighting Illini over Hawkeyes

Iowa HawkeyesIllinois Fighting Illini
Feb 26, 7:00 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds

10-17TEAM RECORD17-11

Illinois will look to improve on its 17-11 record on Saturday when they host Iowa in NCAAB odds action at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

The Fighting Illini sport records of 17-11 and 12-13-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hawkeyes have 10-17 and 12-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-12 for the Fighting Illini and 11-13-1 for the Hawkeyes.

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Betting Line:
The Hawkeyes are listed as 12-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Fighting Illini - Hawkeyes odds would favor the Fighting Illini if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois is rated No. 24 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Iowa is at No. 166. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-68 win for the Fighting Illini.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 101 nationally ranked offense (71.6 points per game) against a Hawkeyes defense that sits as the No. 157 at 67.1 PPG. The Fighting Illini have been averaging 46.4% from the field, more than the Hawkeyes have managed so far this season (44.4% on average).

Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 136-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 114 nationally in scoring at home.

Iowa lost its last outing, a 75-72 result against Michigan on February 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. Iowa got 19 points from Melsahn Basabe but lost anyway, 75-72, to Michigan on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Last time out for Illinois, they were an 89-70 loser as they battled Ohio State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point underdog. The Fighting Illini endured an 89-70 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Tuesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Mike Davis at Value City Arena.

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Michigan State are 6-4
After playing Michigan are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-2
Before playing Purdue are 6-4
After playing Ohio State are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Iowa is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Iowa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Iowa
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Iowa
Illinois is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games when playing Iowa

Next up:
Iowa at Michigan State, Wednesday, March 2
Illinois at Purdue, Tuesday, March 1

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