Illinois vs. Iowa Prediction
Big Ten rivals clash in Iowa City on Monday night where the Hawkeyes will host the Illinois Fighting Illini at 7:00 p.m. ET. Will the Hawkeyes cover as a 3-point home favorite?
871 Illinois Fighting Illini (+3) at 872 Iowa Hawkeyes (-3); o/u 152
7:00 p.m. ET, Monday, December 6, 2021
Iowa City, IA
Illinois Fighting Illini Game Notes
Da’Monte Williams had four points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and five assists across 35 minutes during Monday's 82-72 victory over Notre Dame. Williams is often overlooked as the fifth-year senior and glue guy, but his contributions Monday were especially impressive given the circumstances. According to Christian Jones of the Daily Illini, Williams was one of the many Illinois players dealing with flu-like symptoms and was even spotted throwing up at halftime. While several other players were forced to sit out, Williams gutted it out, playing the second-most minutes on the team and helping Illinois improve to 5-2 on the season.
Iowa Hawkeyes Game Notes
Patrick McCaffery recorded 15 points (4-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-10 FT), five rebounds and three assists across 28 minutes during Friday's 77-70 loss to Purdue. McCaffery was held to just seven points in Monday's win over Virginia, but he bounced back Friday and matched his highest scoring total of the season. He's averaging 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.3 minutes per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor this year.
Illinois vs. Marquette Game Prediction
The favorite is 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings and is 6-1 against the number in the last seven meetings between these two teams. The Fighting Illini are also 0-4 against the spread in their last four games versus a team with a winning percentage of above .600, while the Hawkeyes are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall and 25-11-3 against the number in their last 39 home games.
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