Indiana vs. Illinois Prediction
The Big Ten Conference Tournament continues on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. ET when No. 16 Illinois hosts Indiana from Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. Where’s the best betting value when it comes to this conference tourney matchup?
815 Indiana Hoosiers (+5) vs. 816 Illinois Fighting Illini (-5); o/u 136.5
11:30 p.m. ET, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
TV: Big Ten Network
Indiana Hoosiers DFS Snapshot
Xavier Johnson ended Thursday's 74-69 win over Michigan with 17 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 27 minutes. The Hoosiers faced a lofty deficit in the first half of Thursday's matchup, but Johnson played a crucial role in helping the team secure the comeback win in the closing minutes. He led the team in assists and tied for the team lead in rebounds against the Wolverines and has now scored in double figures in each of his last six appearances.
Illinois Fighting Illini DFS Snapshot
Jacob Grandison (shoulder) was not a full participant in Wednesday's practice and appears to be getting fitted for a shoulder brace, Joey Wagner of 247Sports reports. Little else was revealed about Grandison's status for Friday's Big Ten tournament opener, though coach Brad Underwood did note that he's "getting better." Grandison was considered a game-time call as of three days ago, and this may not be enough of a development to change that notion.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The Hoosiers are now 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, are 4-1 against the number in their last five neutral site games as an underdog and have cashed in four of their previous five games on neutral floors. The Illini, meanwhile, are just 2-5 against the number in their last seven games as a favorite, are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall and are winless at the window in their last five games following a win.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: INDIANA HOOSIERS +5