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Big Ten Tournament - Illinois Fighting Illini host Indiana Hoosiers in college basketball action

Indiana HoosiersIllinois Fighting Illini
17-14March 13, 2014, 12:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse18-13

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Hoosiers of Indiana hit the hard court against the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

The Fighting Illini currently sports a 18-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 14-14-2 ATS. The Hoosiers are 17-14 and 15-14-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Fighting Illini produce a 10-18-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Hoosiers have gone 13-17 against the number.View Indiana Hoosiers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -1.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Fighting Illini sit at No. 178 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hoosiers sit at No. 198 on the same chart.

Indiana lost its last outing, an 84-80 result against Michigan on March 8. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Indiana suffered an 84-80 loss against Michigan on Saturday, getting 17 points from Will Sheehey in a losing effort at Crisler Center.

In their last action, Illinois was a 66-63 winner on the road against Iowa. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. Illinois got 15 points from Rayvonte Rice en route to a 66-63 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois has the nation's No. 229-rated offensive output, at 64.71 PPG. The visiting Hoosiers defense ranks No. 88 allowing on average 67.68 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 40.84% so far, less than the Hoosiers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.09% per game.

A few Hoosiers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Indiana is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Indiana is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indiana's last 14 games
Indiana is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Illinois
Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Illinois's last 8 games