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New Mexico State Aggies Visit Illinois Fighting Illini in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

Illinois looks to cover the Fighting Illini-Aggies pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 8-4 mark when they host New Mexico State in college basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Illinois Fighting Illini betting line opened as -5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

New Mexico State Aggies vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the New Mexico State Aggies have watched them go 8-2 and 2-0 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Illinois Fighting Illini are at 8-4 and 5-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-6, while the New Mexico State Aggies have a 0-2 mark.

The Fighting Illini - Aggies odds would favor the Aggies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois is rated No. 51 in the current Odds Shark poll, while New Mexico State is at No. 45.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois's No. 37-ranked scoring average of 83.67 PPG, against a New Mexico State Aggies defense rated No. 44 and allowing 64.8 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 44.91% to date this season, less than the New Mexico State Aggies shooters have managed so far (47.39% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Aggies and Greyhounds didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern New Mexico was handed a 84-62 defeat on Tuesday at Pan American Center.

The battle between the Fighting Illini and Lancers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Longwood was handed a 92-45 defeat on Wednesday at State Farm Center.

Betting Trends
  • New Mexico State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Illinois is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

New Mexico State home to Davidson, Friday, December 22nd
Illinois at Missouri, Saturday, December 23rd