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NCAA Basketball Odds Betting Line Favors Illinois Fighting Illini Over Missouri Tigers

Missouri takes to the basketball court against Illinois on Wednesday, hoping to send the Fighting Illini to a loss while covering the college basketball betting point spread at Scottrade Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the Illinois Fighting Illini in this one found them listed as -7.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Tigers was expected to move the line.

Missouri Tigers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 9-3 so far on the season, and 6-5 ATS vs the number. The Missouri Tigers, meanwhile, are 5-5 and 4-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Illinois go 4-6 and the Missouri Tigers go 3-4 on betting totals.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 99-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 105-rated Missouri Tigers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Missouri is ranked No. 42 in NCAA basketball at 40.83 per game. Contrast that with Illinois's No. 132 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois is the No. 82-ranked team in the country at 8.42 per game, while Missouri rates No. 231 at 5.8 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Tigers got 11 points from Kevin Puryear, but it was Arizona that prevailed in a 79-60 final on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Illinois got 31 points from Tracy Abrams en route to a 92-73 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday at State Farm Center.

Betting Trends
  • Missouri is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
  • Missouri is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing Illinois
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri's last 6 games when playing Illinois
  • Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Illinois is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Missouri
  • Illinois is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Missouri

Next Betting Matchups

Missouri home to Lipscomb, Thursday, December 29th
Illinois at Maryland, Tuesday, December 27th