Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
18-13 March 9, 12:00 PM | Verizon Center 20-11
Illinois vs Michigan, Betting Lines
When: 12:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: Noon ET, Big Ten Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
719 –Illinois Fighting Illini +5.0 -110 TBA Ov 134.5 -110
720 –Michigan Wolverines -5.0 -110 TBA Un 134.5 -110

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Michigan Wolverines will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Verizon Center.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (18-13): Senior guard Malcolm Hill, who landed on the all-conference second team for the second straight season Monday and ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring (17.2 points), is one of only two players from one of the six major conferences to lead his team in total points (532), rebounds (167), assists (96) and steals (36). Maverick Morgan (10.4 points, 4.5 rebounds) ranks ninth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (55.2) and is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 boards over his last two games. Over the second half of their conference schedule (nine games), the Illini allowed 62.7 points on 40.7 percent from the field (as opposed to 74.8 points on 49.2 percent from the floor over their first nine league contests).

ABOUT MICHIGAN (20-11): Senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. (team-high marks of 14.7 points and 4.5 assists) earned co-conference player of the week honors Monday, mostly on the strength of his 18-point, program-record 16-assist and season-best five-steal performance against Nebraska. Zak Irvin (12.6 points) became the 21st Wolverine to top 1,500 career points with 15 on Sunday and needs six more 3-pointers to move past Daniel Horton (233; 2003-06) into sole possession of third place on the school’s all-time list. D.J. Wilson (10 points per game, 1.4 blocks) is one of six Michigan players with at least 30 3-pointers, while the 6-10 junior forward’s 43 blocks are the most by a Wolverine in the last nine seasons.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wolverines listed as 5-point favorites versus the Fighting Illini, while the game’s total is sitting at 134.5.

Illinois spent most of the last month trying to cool off John Groce’s hot seat after digging itself into a huge hole, only to further reduce whatever slim chance it had of saving its coach’s job by losing to the worst team in the conference. The ninth-seeded Illini attempt to pick up the pieces following a troubling defeat in their regular-season finale over the weekend when they face No. 8 seed Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten tournament in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

After opening league play with a 3-8 mark, Illinois won five of its next six to at least put itself into the NCAA Tournament bubble discussion and entered Sunday on a four-game winning streak after a three-point victory over Michigan State. The Illini, who haven’t reached the Big Dance since Groce’s first season in Champaign in 2012-13, ruined most of the momentum they created in February by falling 62-59 at Rutgers, however, which claimed only its third league victory. The Wolverines overcame their own slow start in conference play but entered their regular-season finale in much different fashion after giving up a game-winning layup at the buzzer off a long inbounds pass in a loss at Northwestern on Wednesday. Michigan bounced back in a big way with a 93-57 pummeling of Nebraska on Sunday, sending the Cornhuskers to their worst home loss in program history.

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COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. The winner will meet top-seeded Purdue in the quarterfinals on Friday.

2. With a victory Thursday, John Beilein will break Johnny Orr’s school record for most coaching wins at Michigan (209).

3. All 36 of Illinois G Jalen Coleman-Lands’ points over the last five games have come via the 3-pointer. For the season, 64 of his 84 made field goals have come beyond the arc.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Michigan Wolverines will cover the spread at -5 and the game will go over 134.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Michigan 73, Illinois 65 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
ILL TEAM MICH
72.3 PTS FOR 74.6
69.7 PTS AGNST 65.7
2.6 DIFF. 9.0
25.1 DEF REBOUNDS 21.7
10.0 OFF REBOUNDS 7.8
44.9 FG% 48.0
68.8 FT% 77.1
7.5 3 POINTERS 9.5
5.4 STEALS 5.8
BETTING TRENDS
ILLINOIS
No trends to report
MICHIGAN
Michigan is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan’s last 5 games
Michigan is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Michigan’s last 8 games when playing Illinois
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Michigan’s Overall Defense 72.3 204 65.7 41
Illinois’s Away Scoring vs Michigan’s Home Defense 65.8 278 61.5 28
Illinois’s Road Rebounds vs Michigan’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.1 253 29.8 22
Michigan’s Overall Scoring vs Illinois’s Overall Defense 74.7 147 69.7 112
Michigan’s Home Scoring vs Illinois’s Road Defense 76.2 177 74.3 153
Michigan’s Home Rebounds vs Illinois’s Road Rebounds Allowed 28.5 349 34.9 127

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