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Michigan WolverinesIllinois Fighting Illini
21-7March 04, 2014, 07:00 | State Farm Center17-12

Illinois will look to improve on its 17-12 record on Tuesday when they host Michigan in NCAA basketball odds action at State Farm Center.

The Fighting Illini sport a record of 17-12 and 13-13-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wolverines have 21-7 and 14-11-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-17-1 for the Fighting Illini and 15-11 for the Wolverines.

View Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Illinois in this one found them as 3-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 151-ranked Fighting Illini and the No. 97-rated Wolverines in this matchup.

Michigan was a 66-56 winner in its last match at home against Minnesota. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. Michigan got 21 points from Nik Stauskas en route to a 66-56 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Crisler Center.

Illinois was a 53-46 winner in its last match on the road against Michigan State. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs. Illinois earned a 53-46 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, getting 12 points from Tracy Abrams at Breslin Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois has the nation's No. 225-rated offensive output, at 65.07 PPG. The visiting Wolverines defense ranks No. 41 allowing on average 65.11 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 40.74% so far, less than the Wolverines marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.73% per game.

A few Wolverines at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Michigan is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games
Michigan is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Michigan's last 7 games on the road
Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Illinois is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 5 games

Next up:
Michigan home to Indiana, Saturday, March 8th
Illinois at Iowa, Saturday, March 8th