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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Illinois Fighting IlliniIowa Hawkeyes
17-13March 08, 2014, 08:30 | Carver-Hawkeye Arena20-10

Iowa will look to improve on its 20-10 record on Saturday when they host Illinois in NCAA basketball odds action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Supporters of the Fighting Illini have watched them go 17-13 and 13-14-2 ATS on the year, while the Hawkeyes are at 20-10 and 15-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Hawkeyes are 20-8, while the Fighting Illini have a 10-17-1 mark.

View Illinois Fighting Illini vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Hawkeyes in this one found them listed as -11.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Fighting Illini was expected to move the line.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hawkeyes at No. 45 and the Fighting Illini at No. 151 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Illinois was an 84-53 loser at home against Michigan. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Illinois was run off the court by the Wolverines on Tuesday as Michigan routed them 84-53 at State Farm Center.

Iowa was an 86-76 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Hawkeyes to a win (they lost 86-76 to Michigan State at Breslin Center on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Iowa's No. 3-ranked scoring average of 83.3 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense rated No. 24 and allowing 62.77 PPG. The Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 47.02% to date this season, more than the Fighting Illini shooters have managed so far (40.67% per game).

A few Fighting Illini at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
Illinois is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
Illinois is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois's last 7 games
Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Iowa is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 5 games
Iowa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home