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Illinois Fighting Illini vs BYU Cougars Point Spread: Betting Trends Hint at Winner

Illinois looks to cover the Fighting Illini-Cougars pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 8-3 mark when they host BYU in college basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The BYU Cougars opened as 2-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

BYU Cougars vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Illinois Fighting Illini battles the BYU Cougars, currently sitting with a 7-3 mark (4-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 4-6 for the Illinois Fighting Illini and 2-6 for the BYU Cougars.

This game puts the Illinois Fighting Illini, most recently No. 99 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the BYU Cougars, who rate No. 31 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Illinois's No. 57-ranked offense, averaging 80.73 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 209 at 75.6 PPG. The Fighting Illini field goal percentage has averaged 47.85% so far, more than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.26% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cougars grabbed a 79-71 win over the Buffaloes on Saturday, behind a 22-point effort from Nick Emery at Marriott Center.

Illinois got 31 points from Tracy Abrams en route to a 92-73 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday at State Farm Center.

Betting Trends
  • BYU is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
  • Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

BYU home to Idaho State, Tuesday, December 20th
Illinois at Missouri, Wednesday, December 21st