Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs. Fighting Illini CBB Odds
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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(11-9) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (15-5)
Date: Thursday January 30
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Illinois -5
CBB Betting Total: 134
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Minnesota Golden Gophers
Young Pitino’s team comes into this game off a loss against Izzo’s Michigan State squad. The Golden Gophers are 6-4 SU and ATS in their last 10.
Actually, the Gophers have been decent ATS this season, at 12-7-1. And while their record shows a very lousy 2-6 on the road this season, they did just pick up a road win against Ohio State six days ago. So, perhaps things are looking up.
Minnesota is an offensive-focused team, as they’re ranked 22nd in KenPom adjusted offense. Sophomore center Daniel Oturu is their offensive leader, averaging 20/11 per game on 58% from the field.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois is a really good basketball team.
They’ve just rattled off six straight wins, all in conference, which ties them with Michigan State at the top of the Big Ten. This streak includes road wins over Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan, all of whom are KenPom top-30 teams!
The AP poll has them at 19th in the nation, and KenPom has them at 21st in the nation. Coach Underwood and his guard-center duo of Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn have this team on a roll, and potentially beginning to peak at just the right time.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Minnesota are 3-14 in their last 17 games when playing on the road against Illinois.
- Illinois are 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Illinois are 6-0 SU in their last 10 games at home.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAB Prediction: Home team rolls.
The Gophers will put up a good road fight, and have a talented team that will probably make the NCAA tournament.
But the Fighting Illini have been playing some of the best basketball in the country recently, and simply have too much talent for this Golden Gopher team. Additionally, the Big Ten conference has the second-highest home winning percentage of any conference in D-1 basketball, at 75.4%. So, it’s usually smart to take the home side in this very talented conference.
Also worth noting: Illinois is 11-1 at home while Minnesota is 2-6 on the road. I think the Illini rolls in this one, and I don’t think I need many stats to prove it to you.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Illinois -7.5
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