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Illinois Fighting Illini battle vs Iowa Hawkeyes highlights college basketball odds menu

Iowa HawkeyesIllinois Fighting Illini
16-5February 01, 2014, 07:30 | State Farm Center13-8

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on State Farm Center Saturday as host Illinois looks to handle the Iowa Hawkeyes in NCAA hoops action.

The Hawkeyes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 12-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Fighting Illini are 9-9-2 ATS. Iowa is 11-8 on the totals; Illinois is 7-11-1.

View Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Fighting Illini in this one found them listed as 5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Hawkeyes was expected to move the line.

This game puts the Fighting Illini, most recently No. 162 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Hawkeyes, who rate No. 14 in the latest survey.

Iowa lost its last outing, a 71-69 result against Michigan State on January 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Iowa suffered a 71-69 loss against Michigan State on Tuesday, getting 21 points from Roy Devyn Marble in a losing effort at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Illinois was a 56-46 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Indiana. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. The Fighting Illini endured a 56-46 loss at the hands of the Hoosiers on Sunday, despite a 20-point effort from Rayvonte Rice at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois's No. 211-ranked scoring average of 67.52 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense rated No. 60 and allowing 66.38 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 41.19% to date this season, less than the Hawkeyes shooters have managed so far (47.38% per game).

A few Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Iowa is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
Iowa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Iowa is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games
Illinois is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Iowa home to Ohio State, Tuesday, February 4th
Illinois at Wisconsin, Tuesday, February 4th