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Illinois Fighting Illini Open as College Basketball Underdog vs VCU Rams

The Illinois Fighting Illini will try to cover the point spread at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the VCU Rams in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the Illinois Fighting Illini in this one found them listed as 6-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Rams was expected to move the line.

VCU Rams vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The VCU Rams will look to cover the spread vs the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, as the Rams are 3-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Fighting Illini are 3-4 ATS. VCU is 4-2 against the total, while Illinois is 2-5 versus the total betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 97-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 29-rated VCU Rams in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 62 nationally ranked offense (80.88 points per game) against a VCU Rams defense that sits as the No. 59 at 64.29 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini have been averaging 47.01% from the field, less than the Rams have managed so far this season (50.26% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Princeton was victimized for 23 points and 12 assists by JeQuan Lewis as the Rams bested the Tigers 81-70 in college basketball action on Tuesday.

The Fighting Illini grabbed a 88-74 win over the Wolfpack on Tuesday, behind a 22-point effort from Malcolm Hill at State Farm Center.

Betting Trends
  • VCU is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next Betting Matchups

VCU home to Georgia Tech, Wednesday, December 7th
Illinois at IUPUI, Tuesday, December 6th