Northwestern vs. Illinois Prediction

College Basketball Picks: Will Illinois pull off upset vs. Northwestern? 2/21/17

Will Illinois pull off the small upset tonight when the Fighting Illini host fellow Big Ten rival Northwestern at 8:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Fighting Illini are 1.5-point home underdogs versus the Wildcats while the over/under currently sits at 135 points. As of this writing, neither the spread nor the total have moved off the original numbers.

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The Wildcats enter play having won seven of their last 10 games and are 6-4 against the spread during that span. They're also 15-9 against the spread on the season, which includes a 6-2 ATS record on the road. As for the Fighting Illini, they've lost seven of their last 10 games and are just 3-7 at the betting window over that same stretch. They're 10-14 ATS on the year, which includes a 5-7 ATS mark at home.

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OUR PREDICTION: The underdog has covered in seven of the last 10 games between these two teams while the Wildcats are winless at 0-4 against the spread in their last four games versus the Fighting Illini. Northwestern has also failed to cover in four of its last five games overall, all of which came against fellow Big Ten opponents.



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