Illinois vs. Miami Free Pick

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AUSTIN, TX (The Spread) - Miami will look to continue its magical season when it takes on seventh-seeded Illinois at 8:40PM ET tonight from Austin, Texas.

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ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Miami as an 8-point favorite over Illinois for tonight’s game, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 128.5 points. The Hurricanes are 28-6 overall while the Fighting Illini are 23-12 on the year.

LINE MOVEMENT: The 'Canes opened as 5.5-point favorites but the spread has been bet up to 8 at most online and Vegas sport books, although you can find the line at 7.5 if you shop around. As for the total, it opened at 128.5 and that's where it currently sits at the majority of books, although some places list the total at 128.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 79% of college basketball public bettors currently favor the Hurricanes. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

MARCH MADNESS FREE PICK: Take Miami. According to latest college basketball trends, the Hurricanes are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall, 4-0 ATS in their lat four neutral site games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven NCAA tournament games. On the other side, the Fighting Illini are 7-17 against the number in their lat 24 games following an ATS win, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall, and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games on Sunday. If Illinois can't hit its 3-pointers, then it won't win. It's as simple as that. The Illini had a brutal second half versus Colorado and only hung on because the Buffaloes essentially ran out of gas in the end. Look for a more talented Miami team to handle Illinois tonight to advance to the Sweet 16.

2013 MARCH MADNESS FREE PICK: MIAMI HURRICANES -8

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