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NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends - Illinois Fighting Illini Underdogs vs Penn State Nittany Lions

The Illinois Fighting Illini hope to send their betting backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the point spread at Bryce Jordan Center against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Illinois Fighting Illini before tip-off in this one found them as 2-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions 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 10-10 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions are 11-7 ATS. Illinois Fighting Illini are 10-10 on betting the total; Penn State Nittany Lions are 7-11.

The Penn State Nittany Lions sit at No. 180 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Illinois Fighting Illini sit at No. 182 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Penn State has the nation's No. 192-rated offensive output, at 70.95 PPG. The visiting Illinois Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 150 allowing on average 72.19 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 40.82% so far, less than the Penn State Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.47% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Illinois got 17 points from Michael Finke en route to a 76-64 victory over Iowa on Wednesday at State Farm Center.

Penn State was run off the court by the Badgers on Tuesday as Wisconsin routed them 82-55 at Kohl Center.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Illinois's last 9 games
  • Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Penn State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Penn State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Penn State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Penn State is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Illinois

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Wisconsin, Tuesday, January 31st
Penn State at Indiana, Wednesday, February 1st