Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Fighting Illini vs. Wolverines CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(18-6) #6 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #2 Michigan Wolverines (18-1)
Date: Tuesday March 2, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Wolverines -8.5
CBB Betting Total:
Its a top-10 battle of elite Big Ten teams Tuesday as Illinois travels to face Michigan. Both teams look to make another case for a number one seed.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois has been on a roll and has won eight of its nine games. Despite not having star player Ayo Dosumo, the Illini were able to capture a big victory against the Wisconsin Badgers.
Illinois is 14-4 in conference play and has lost just once since January 16. The star duo of Ayo Dosunmo and Kofi Cockburn has been as good as advertised once again. Dosunmu is a NPOY candidate who averages 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists a game. Cockburn averages a double double a night with 17 points and 10 rebounds a game. With Dosunmo questionable, Da’Monte Williams will start once again after scoring 12 points against the Badgers.
Illinois is top 25 in the country in both offensive and defensive rating. The Illini average 81.5 points per game, which ranks 16th in the country. Illinois is also 16th in effective field goal percentage, 28th in 3-point percentage and 43rd in offensive rebounding rate.
The Illini allow 69.5 PPG.
Michigan has been arguably college basketball’s best team over the last few weeks. The Wolverines are now number two in the top-25 poll largely thanks to the play of big man Hunter Dickinson.
Dickinson has already established himself as one of the best big men in basketball, but he hasn’t done it alone. Dickinson, Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner all average 13 PPG or greater. Michigan averages just under 80 PPG on 49 percent shooting.
They have held opponents under 37 percent shooting at the Crisler Center and hold opponents to under 32 percent shooting.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Fighting Illini are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Fighting Illini are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games.
- Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Fighting Illini are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Free Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines NCAAB Prediction: Illini ATS
Even with Dosunmo being up in the air, and assuming he won’t go, I like Illinois to cover the spread in this matchup. The Illini have proven they belong in the number one seed conversation and that they have the players to step up in Dosunmo’s absence.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Illinois 71 Michigan 78
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