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Illinois Fighting Illini Favored by -4 Point Spread Against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday

The Illinois Fighting Illini will try to pay off for their supporters and betting fans on Saturday when they play host to the Penn State Nittany Lions at State Farm Center in NCAA basketball odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Illinois sat as -4-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini bring a 14-11 record (11-13 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-12 Nittany Lions, who are 13-9 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Illinois go 10-14 so far and the Penn State Nittany Lions go 9-13.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 189-rated Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 237-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Illinois's No. 158-ranked offense, averaging 73.24 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 129 at 71.48 PPG. The Fighting Illini field goal percentage has averaged 45.09% so far, more than the Nittany Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.46% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Lamar Stevens scored 25 points leading the Nittany Lions to a 70-64 victory over Maryland at Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday.

Illinois earned a 68-61 victory over Northwestern on Tuesday, getting 14 points from Malcolm Hill at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Penn State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Penn State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Penn State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Penn State's last 7 games on the road
  • Illinois is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 5 games
  • Illinois is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Penn State at Nebraska, Tuesday, February 14th
Illinois at Iowa, Saturday, February 18th