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Illinois Fighting Illini visit Northwestern Wildcats in college basketball clash

Illinois Fighting IlliniNorthwestern Wildcats
Feb 17, 7:30 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

18-8TEAM RECORD13-12

Northwestern looks to cover the Wildcats-Fighting Illini pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 13-12 mark when they host Illinois in college basketball wagering action.

The Wildcats are 13-12 so far on the season, and 12-10 ATS vs. the number. The Fighting Illini, meanwhile, are 18-8 and 11-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northwestern go 9-9-1 and the Fighting Illini go 10-12 on the totals.

View Illinois vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Wildcats in this one found them listed as 1.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Fighting Illini was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 192-rated Wildcats and the No. 88-ranked Fighting Illini, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-67 result in favor of the Fighting Illini.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Fighting Illini rank No. 190 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.4 per game. That compares with Northwestern’s No. 293 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Northwestern is college basketball's No. 36-ranked team at 7.8 per game, while the Fighting Illini rate No. 28 with 8 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 125-rated mark, allowing 67.2 points per game on the highway. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 283 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Illinois was a 79-59 winner at home against Purdue. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. Illinois cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Purdue out of the gym and running up a 79-59 score at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 69-59 result against Ohio State on February 14. They covered in that game as a 17.5-point underdog. Northwestern suffered a 69-59 loss against Ohio State on Thursday, getting 16 points from Tre Demps in a losing effort at Value City Arena.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Penn State are 6-4
After playing Purdue are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Wisconsin are 5-5
After playing Ohio State are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Fighting Illini at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Illinois is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 7 games when playing Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northwestern's last 9 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing at home against Illinois

Next up:
Illinois home to Penn State, Thursday, February 21
Northwestern home to Wisconsin, Wednesday, February 20