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Illinois Fighting Illini Visit Northwestern Wildcats in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to cover the point spread at Allstate Arena on Friday when they get a visit from the Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Northwestern Wildcats betting line opened as -7.5-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 Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats sport a record of 4-3 and 2-4 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Illinois Fighting Illini have 6-1 and 2-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-3 for the Northwestern Wildcats and 1-3 for the Illinois Fighting Illini.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 183-ranked Northwestern Wildcats and the No. 54-rated Illinois Fighting Illini in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Illinois Fighting Illini rank No. 118 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 37.57 per game. That compares with Northwestern’s No. 249 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Northwestern is college basketball's No. 116-ranked team at 7.86 per game, while the Illinois Fighting Illini rate No. 114 with 8 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Fighting Illini got 20 points from Aaron Jordan, but it was Wake Forest that prevailed in a 80-73 final on Tuesday at Joel Coliseum.

Northwestern got 18 points from Bryant McIntosh but lost anyway, 52-51, to Georgia Tech on Tuesday at Hank McCarmish Pavilion.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 5 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • Northwestern is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Illinois
  • Northwestern is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northwestern's last 8 games when playing Illinois

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Maryland, Sunday, December 3rd
Northwestern at Purdue, Sunday, December 3rd