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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Preview

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March 8, 11:30 AM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Bankers Life Fieldhouse Thursday as Iowa looks to handle the Illinois Fighting Illini in Big Ten betting action.

This game is part of the Big Ten Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

This season, the Hawkeyes are 16-15 overall and 14-12 ATS ATS, while the Fighting Illini are 17-14 and 10-19 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Iowa boasts a 14-11-1 on the OU, and Illinois is 17-12.

View Illinois vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Iowa opened as 2-point underdogs in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawkeyes - Fighting Illini odds would favor the Fighting Illini if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iowa is rated No. 202 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois is at No. 166. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-69 win for the Fighting Illini.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 75-ranked offense, averaging 72.1 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense that ranks No. 96 at 64.2 PPG. The Hawkeyes field goal percentage has averaged 45.3% so far, more than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.

Defensively, Illinois features the nation's No. 210-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.1 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 83 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Illinois was a 70-56 loser on the road against Wisconsin. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Brandon Paul scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Fighting Illini to a win (they lost 70-56 to Wisconsin at Kohl Center on Sunday).

Last time out for Iowa, they were a 70-66 loser as they battled Northwestern at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Iowa got 17 points from Matt Gatens but lost anyway, 70-66, to Northwestern on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
After playing Wisconsin are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Northwestern are 1-9
After a loss are 6-4

A few Fighting Illini at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa's last 6 games
Iowa is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Illinois
Iowa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois