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Illinois Fighting Illini Face the Iowa Hawkeyes: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

Iowa looks to cover the Hawkeyes-Fighting Illini pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 14-12 mark when they host Illinois in college basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Iowa Hawkeyes betting line opened as -4.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa Hawkeyes sit at 14-12 (9-13-1 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Illinois Fighting Illini are currently 14-12 (11-14 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Iowa is 11-10-2 OU, and Illinois is 11-14 OU.

This game puts the Iowa Hawkeyes, most recently No. 206 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Illinois Fighting Illini, who rate No. 176 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Iowa's No. 36-ranked offense, averaging 80.46 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense that ranks No. 122 at 71.38 PPG. The Hawkeyes field goal percentage has averaged 44.82% so far, less than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.19% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Fighting Illini got 14 points from Malcolm Hill, but it was Penn State that prevailed in a 83-70 final on Saturday at State Farm Center.

Iowa suffered a 77-66 loss against Michigan State on Saturday, getting 13 points from Peter Jok in a losing effort at Breslin Center.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois's last 7 games
  • Illinois is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Iowa is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games at home
  • Iowa is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Illinois

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Northwestern, Tuesday, February 21st
Iowa at Indiana, Tuesday, February 21st