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Wildcats open as college hoops underdog vs Fighting Illini

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Feb 5, 3:00 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall

Northwestern Wildcats vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds


University of Illinois Assembly Hall will host Fighting Illini vs. Wildcats action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

The Fighting Illini bring a 16-6 record (9-11 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-8 Wildcats, who are 7-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Illinois go 10-10 so far and the Wildcats go 10-6.

View Northwestern vs Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Fighting Illini in this one, they're listed as 6-point favorites on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Fighting Illini - Wildcats odds would favor the Fighting Illini if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois is rated No. 84 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northwestern is at No. 195. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-68 win for the Fighting Illini.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 315 in NCAA hoops at 31 per game. Contrast that with Illinois’s No. 191 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois is the No. 208-ranked team in the country at 5.8 per game, while Northwestern rates No. 10 at 8.8 per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 259-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.9 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 239 nationally in scoring at home.

Northwestern won its last outing, an 84-74 result against Nebraska on February 2. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. The Wildcats got a terrific 28-point effort from John Shurna as Northwestern defeated Nebraskan 84-74 on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Illinois won its last outing, a 42-41 result against Michigan State on January 31. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. Brandon Paul scored 18 points leading the Fighting Illini to a 42-41 victory over Michigan State at University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Tuesday.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Iowa are 5-5
After playing Nebraska are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Michigan State are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Wildcats at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northwestern
Illinois is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games when playing Northwestern
Illinois is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games when playing Northwestern

Next up:
Northwestern home to Iowa, Thursday, February 9
Illinois at Indiana, Thursday, February 9