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Bonnies open as college hoops underdog vs Fighting Illini

St. Bonaventure BonniesIllinois Fighting Illini
Dec 7, 9:00 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall

St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds


Illinois will look to improve on its 8-0 record on Wednesday when they host St. Bonaventure in NCAAB odds action at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

The Fighting Illini bring a 8-0 record (4-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 3-3 Bonnies, who are 3-2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Illinois go 3-3 so far and the Bonnies go 2-3-1.

View St Bonaventure vs Illinois Odds and Stats.

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

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Fighting Illini - Bonnies odds would favor the Fighting Illini if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois is rated No. 84 in the current Odds Shark poll, while St. Bonaventure is at No. 197. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-67 win for the Fighting Illini.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 89 nationally ranked offense (73.5 points per game) against a Bonnies defense that sits as the No. 87 at 62.3 PPG. The Fighting Illini have been averaging 47.3% from the field, more than the Bonnies have managed so far this season (44.8% on average).

Defensively, St. Bonaventure features the nation's No. 81-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.5 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 147 nationally in scoring at home.

St. Bonaventure won its last outing, a 66-60 result against Buffalo on December 3. They covered in that game as a 6-point underdog. The Bonnies got 23 points from Andrew Nicholson as St. Bonaventure ran past Buffalo 66-60 on Saturday at Alumni Arena.

Illinois was an 82-75 winner in its last match at home against Gonzaga. They covered the 3–point spread as favorites. The Fighting Illini got 21 points from Meyers Leonard as Illinois ran past Gonzagan 82-75 on Saturday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

St. Bonaventure Bonnies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Canisius are 2-8
After playing Buffalo are 3-2
After a win are 2-8

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Coppin State are 2-1
After playing Gonzaga are 4-0
After a win are 7-3

A few Bonnies at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of St. Bonaventure's last 16 games on the road
St. Bonaventure is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
St. Bonaventure home to Canisius, Saturday, December 10
Illinois home to Coppin State, Sunday, December 11