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Big Ten Tournament - Illinois Fighting Illini Face the Iowa Hawkeyes: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

The Illinois Fighting Illini hope to send their betting backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the point spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Iowa Hawkeyes to cover the point spread in this one found them as -11-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa Hawkeyes bring a 21-9 record (15-14 ATS) to this tilt against the 14-18 Fighting Illini, who are 13-14-3 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Iowa go 14-14-1 so far and the Illinois Fighting Illini go 15-14-1.

The Iowa Hawkeyes sit at No. 85 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Illinois Fighting Illini sit at No. 231 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iowa has the nation's No. 44-rated offensive output, at 78.5 PPG. The visiting Illinois Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 197 allowing on average 74.59 PPG. The Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 45.21% so far, more than the Iowa Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.27% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Fighting Illini blew out Minnesota on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 85-52 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Hawkeyes got 29 points from Jarrod Uthoff as Iowa ran past Michigan 71-61 on Saturday at Crisler Center.