Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 1-point home favorites tonight over the Illinois Fighting Illini.  The over/under total is set at 136.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 15-8 overall and 12-11 against the spread.  Their conference record is 5-5.  Illinois has just won twice in their last seven games and are coming off a 71-70 loss to Northwestern as a 1.5-point underdog on Saturday.  Illinois last victory was a 68-51 blowout of Penn State as an 8-point favorite on February 2nd.  Demetri Mcarney leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.7 points per game.  Mike Davis is the 2nd leading scorer with 11.3 points per game.  The Illini are shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.  They average 73 points a game this season.  Illinois is 2-3 against the spread in its last five games on the road and 3-2 against the spread in its last five games overall.  The total has stayed der in three of its last five games.

Minnesota is 17-7 this season and 10-13 against the spread.  Minnesota sits in 5th place in the Big Ten with a record of 5-6.  Minnesota comes into this game with three straight losses including a 60-57 loss to Indiana last Wednesday as a 3-point road favorite.  In their last game Ohio St. beat them 82-69 as a 4-point home underdog.  Blake Hoffarber leads Minnesota in points with 14.2 points per game.  Minnesota is averaging 72 points a game.  They shoot 46.6 percent from the floor, but shoot just 33.1 percent from 3-point range.  Minnesota is 2-3 against the spread in its last five home games and 2-4 against the spread in it last six games overall.  The total has gone er in three of its last five games.

Head-to-head, the Illini have won eight of the last 10 games, but the Gophers have won two of the last three including a 62-60 victory as a three-point road underdog last season. Illinois is 4-2 against the spread in the last six meetings and the total has stayed der in the last five.  I am taking Illinois plus the 1-point and gonna also take the under.


Illinois Fighting Illini +1 Minnesota Golden Gophers

Under 136

February 10, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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