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Cornhuskers open as college hoops underdog vs Fighting Illini

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Jan 22, 8:30 PM | Bob Devaney Sports Center

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds


Illinois travels to Nebraska on Tuesday, hoping to boost its 14-5 record with a victory over the Cornhuskers.

The Cornhuskers sit at 10-9 (9-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Fighting Illini are currently 14-5 (6-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Nebraska is 8-7 OU, and Illinois is 7-8 OU.

View Illinois vs Nebraska Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Nebraska sat as 4-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 190-ranked Cornhuskers and the No. 82-rated Fighting Illini in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 71-62 win for the Fighting Illini on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Nebraska's No. 329 nationally ranked offense (58.6 points per game) against a Fighting Illini defense that sits as the No. 177 at 66.4 PPG. The Cornhuskers have been averaging 41.4% from the field, less than the Fighting Illini have managed so far this season (43% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 195-rated mark, allowing 70.8 points per game on the highway. Nebraska, on the other hand, rates No. 326 in scoring at home.

Illinois lost its last outing, a 68-54 result against Northwestern on January 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. The Fighting Illini endured a 68-54 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Thursday, despite a 21-point effort from Brandon Paul at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

In their last action, Nebraska was a 68-64 winner on the road against Penn State. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Cornhuskers got a terrific 29-point effort from Shavon Shields as Nebraska defeated Penn State 68-64 on Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Michigan are 4-6
After playing Northwestern are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Nebraska Cornhuskers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Northwestern are 1-1
After playing Penn State are 1-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Fighting Illini at Cornhuskers trends to consider:
Illinois is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Illinois is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Nebraska is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
Nebraska is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Illinois home to Michigan, Sunday, January 27
Nebraska home to Northwestern, Saturday, January 26