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Northwestern Wildcats Host the Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA College Basketball Action

The Northwestern Wildcats host Illinois on Saturday, looking to build on their 16-9 mark against the 11-13 Fighting Illini in college basketball betting action at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Northwestern Wildcats as -6.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats sport a record of 16-9 and 11-12-2 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Illinois Fighting Illini have 11-13 and 8-11-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-12-1 for the Northwestern Wildcats and 11-10-1 for the Illinois Fighting Illini.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 221 (Northwestern) and the No. 269 (Illinois) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northwestern's No. 106-rated squad against Illinois's No. 239-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northwestern rates No. 39 in the country with 8.6 per game, while their foes tonight, the Illinois Fighting Illini rank No. 59 nationally with 8.17 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Fighting Illini to a win (they lost 77-65 to Iowa at State Farm Center on Sunday).

The Wildcats endured a 71-63 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Tuesday, despite a 14-point effort from Bryant McIntosh at Value City Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 5-10-3 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Illinois is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
  • Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Illinois is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Rutgers, Tuesday, February 16th
Northwestern at Purdue, Tuesday, February 16th