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Illinois Fighting Illini Visit Michigan Wolverines in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Crisler Center Saturday as the Michigan Wolverines look to beat the odds vs the Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Illinois Fighting Illini before tip-off in this one found them as -10-point favorites over at Bovada earlier.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Michigan Wolverines Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 6-6 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Michigan Wolverines are 9-6 ATS. Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-9 on betting the total; Michigan Wolverines are 6-9.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 21-rated Illinois Fighting Illini taking on the No. 4-rated Michigan Wolverines in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Michigan has the nation's No. 112-rated offensive output, at 76.75 PPG. The visiting Illinois Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 107 allowing on average 69.94 PPG. The Wolverines FG% has averaged 48.58% so far, more than the Michigan Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Fighting Illini endured a 77-67 loss at the hands of the Golden Gophers on Wednesday, despite a 14-point effort from Leron Black at Williams Arena.

The Wolverines grabbed a 75-68 win over the Hawkeyes on Tuesday, behind a 15-point effort from Xavier Simpson at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Illinois is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Illinois's last 13 games on the road
  • Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Michigan
  • Michigan is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Michigan is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Iowa, Thursday, January 11th
Michigan at Purdue, Tuesday, January 9th