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Northwestern Wildcats vs Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Matchup Report

Illinois Fighting IlliniNorthwestern Wildcats
13-3January 12, 2014, 07:30 | Welsh-Ryan Arena7-9

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Illinois Fighting Illini at Welsh-Ryan Arena in NCAA basketball action.

The Wildcats currently sports a 7-9 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-11 ATS. The Fighting Illini are 13-3 and 8-5-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 6-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Fighting Illini have gone 6-7-1 against the number.

View Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Illinois before tip-off in this one found them as -4.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Wildcats - Fighting Illini odds would favor the Fighting Illini if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northwestern is rated No. 189 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois is at No. 44.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northwestern's No. 243-ranked offense, averaging 64.62 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense that ranks No. 31 at 63.62 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 40.68% so far, less than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.89% per game.

A few Fighting Illini at Wildcats trends to consider:
Illinois is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
Illinois is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northwestern
Illinois is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games when playing Northwestern
Northwestern is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Northwestern is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Illinois

Next up:
Illinois home to Purdue, Wednesday, January 15th
Northwestern at Michigan State, Wednesday, January 15th