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NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois vs. Minnesota

Illinois Fighting IlliniMinnesota Golden Gophers
14-12February 19, 2014, 09:00 | Williams Arena17-9

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will hit the floor running against the visiting Illinois Fighting Illini Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Fighting Illini will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 10-13-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Gophers are 10-11-2 ATS. Illinois is 9-14-1 on the totals; Minnesota is 10-12.

View Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

Minnesota opened as -8-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 273-rated Illinois taking on the No. 178-rated Golden Gophers in this contest.

Illinois was a 48-39 loser in its last match at home against Ohio State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Fighting Illini endured a 48-39 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Saturday, despite a 13-point effort from Tracy Abrams at State Farm Center.

Minnesota was a 54-48 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Northwestern. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Deandre Mathieu scored 18 points leading the Golden Gophers to a 54-48 victory over Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Minnesota's No. 117-rated squad against Illinois's No. 142-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 67 in the country with 7.15 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 141 nationally with 5.92 per match.

A few Fighting Illini at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 7 games
Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Minnesota is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Illinois home to Nebraska, Wednesday, February 26th
Minnesota at Ohio State, Saturday, February 22nd