Wolverines vs. Fighting Illini Prediction
The second-ranked Michigan Wolverines keep rolling along with a 15-0 overall record and 4-0 in Big Ten Conference play. Can Michigan notch another win tonight on the road as it plays at the Illinois Fighting Illini?
Thursday, January 10, 2019
State Farm Center at 8PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolverines are a 9.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 136 points. As of Thursday morning, 74 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Michigan. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Wolverines down Hoosiers by double digits
Michigan stayed unbeaten Sunday with a 74-63 home win over Indiana. The Wolverines took a commanding 44-29 halftime advantage and shot 29-of-58 from the floor for the game plus 4-of-16 from 3-point range and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. Charles Matthews helped pace U-M with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting including 2-of-3 from 3-point range plus 2-of-3 at the free throw line. He added six rebounds, four steals and two assists. Jordan Poole also scored 18 to go with five boards and two assists. Zavier Simpson tallied 12 points to go with three assists. Ignas Brazdeikis added 10 points and two rebounds.
Illini drop fourth straight
Illinois fell to 4-11 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten Sunday with a 68-66 loss at Northwestern. The Wildcats hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds remaining to send the Fighting Illini to the loss. Ayo Dosunmu paced Illinois with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting plus 6-of-7 at the charity stripe. He also contributed five caroms and two dimes. Adonis De La Rosa registered 12 points and three rebounds off the bench. The Illini were outscored 43-35 in the second half of the defeat. Illinois shot 22-of-56 from the floor, 0-of-11 from 3-point range and 22-of-27 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wolverines are 23-7-1 ATS in their last 31 games versus the Big Ten. Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The Fighting Illini are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games. Illinois is 1-6 ATS in its last seven home games.
Michigan has been getting it done with a stifling defense that ranks fourth nationally in adjusted efficiency. That has made up for what has been a very good offense, but not elite as it ranks 22nd in adjusted efficiency. The Wolverines should do a good job of shutting down a lackluster Illini offense and win by double digits on the road to continue Illinois' big-time struggles in Big Ten play.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI -9.5