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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini College Basketball Betting Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini will hit the floor running against the away Iowa Hawkeyes Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost betting bankrolls by covering the point spread in the process.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Iowa Hawkeyes opened as 5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini bring a 10-7 record (6-6-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-9 Hawkeyes, who are 6-7-2 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Illinois go 4-9 so far and the Iowa Hawkeyes go 10-5.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Illinois Fighting Illini rated this week at No. 43 and the Iowa Hawkeyes sitting at No. 127.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois has the nation's No. 70-rated offensive output, at 78.88 PPG. The visiting Iowa Hawkeyes defense ranks No. 191 allowing on average 75 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 43.94% so far, less than the Illinois Hawkeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.15% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Hawkeyes endured a 91-73 loss at the hands of the Terrapins on Sunday, despite a 25-point effort from Isaiah Moss at Xfinity Center.

The Fighting Illini endured a 79-69 loss at the hands of the Wolverines on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Kipper Nichols at Crisler Center.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 5 games
  • Iowa is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games on the road
  • Illinois is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • Illinois is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Iowa
  • Illinois is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games when playing Iowa
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 6 games when playing Iowa

Next Betting Matchups

Iowa at Rutgers, Wednesday, January 17th
Illinois at Nebraska, Monday, January 15th

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