Norfolk State Spartans face Illinois Fighting Illini: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
Norfolk State Spartans vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
Illinois looks to cover the Fighting Illini-Spartans pointspread on Tuesday and improve its overall 10-0 mark when they host Norfolk State in college basketball wagering action.
The Fighting Illini sport records of 10-0 and 5-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Spartans have 6-5 and 0-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-3 for the Fighting Illini and 0-0 for the Spartans.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 73-ranked Fighting Illini and the No. 155-rated Spartans in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 84-69 win for the Fighting Illini on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 26 nationally ranked offense (79.3 points per game) against a Spartans defense that sits as the No. 183 at 66.4 PPG. The Fighting Illini have been averaging 46% from the field, more than the Spartans have managed so far this season (41.9% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Norfolk State owns the country's No. 97-rated mark, allowing 65 points per game on the highway. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 90 in scoring at home.
Norfolk State was an 83-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against UMBC. Malcolm Hawkins scored 20 points leading the Spartans to an 83-66 victory over UMBC at Echols Hall on Sunday.
Illinois was an 85-74 winner in its last match on the road against Gonzaga. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. Illinois got 35 points from Brandon Paul en route to an 85-74 victory over Gonzaga on Saturday at McCarthey Athletic Center.
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
After playing Gonzaga are 5-0
After a win are 9-1
A few Spartans at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Norfolk State at North Carolina State, Saturday, December 15
Illinois home to Eastern Kentucky, Sunday, December 16