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Where: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|619 –Boise State Broncos||+8½ -105||+345||Ov 145½ -110|
|620 –Illinois Fighting Illini||-8½ -115||-415||Un 145½ -110|
The fans at State Farm Center will be treated to a game between the Boise State Broncos and the Illinois Fighting Illini when they take their seats on Monday.
ABOUT BOISE STATE (20-11): Chandler Hutchison, a 6-7 junior guard, showed why he was an All-Mountain West First Team pick as selected by the league’s coaches by scoring a career-high 34 points in the comeback win at Utah. Hutchison leads the team in scoring (17.4 points), rebounding (7.8) and steals (1.2) while shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore point guard Paris Austin (12.5 points) and senior guard James Reid (10) also are averaging double digits in points for the Broncos.
ABOUT ILLINOIS (19-14): Guard Malcolm Hill scored 25 points, including 4-of-7 3-pointers, to lead the Fighting Illini in the blowout win over Valparaiso. The 6-6 senior, an All-Big Ten Second Team pick, leads the squad in scoring (17 points) and assists (three) while becoming just the fourth player in school history to surpass the 1,800-point mark in his career. Sophomore forward Leron Black recorded a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) against Valparaiso while 6-10 senior center Maverick Morgan, who ranks second on the team in scoring (10.1 points), added eight points and six rebounds.
Illinois figures to have a little extra motivation on its side Monday, when it hosts Boise State in the second round of the NIT. That comes because new Fighting Illini coach Brad Underwood, hired away from Oklahoma State on Saturday, will be on hand after holding his official introductory press conference earlier that day.
Underwood won’t be on the bench for the contest, leaving those duties to interim coach Jamall Walker, who guided the Fighting Illini – the No. 2 seed in Region 3 – to an 82-57 victory over Valparaiso on Tuesday. But Underwood, hired just hours after his Oklahoma State squad lost to Michigan 92-91 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, will be watching his new team from the stands. Underwood has made it clear he would like to retain Walker, a key recruiter for former coach John Groce who reportedly also was entertaining an offer to join new Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff. Boise State, which finished third in the Mountain West Conference, rallied to defeat Utah 73-68 on Tuesday for the school’s first-ever postseason road win.
Illinois was a 82-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Crusaders. They covered the -9-point spread as favorites.
Boise State won its last outing, a 73-68 result against Utes on March 14. They covered in that game as a +12-point underdog.
Team record: 20-11 SU,13-14-2 ATS
Boise State is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Boise State is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boise State’s last 8 games
Team record: 19-14 SU,16-16 ATS
Illinois is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Illinois is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Illinois’s last 14 games
MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS
1. The winner plays the victor of the matchup between top seed Illinois State and fourth-seeded UCF in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
2. This is only the second time that Illinois and Boise State have played, with the Fighting Illini scoring a 84-77 home win on Dec. 5, 2009 in the first meeting.
3. Hutchison has registered at least 20 points and 10 rebounds six times this season.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Boise State Broncos will cover the spread at +8.5 and the game will go over 145½ points, according to scamdicappers.com
|Boise State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boise State’s last 5 games on the road|
|Illinois is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Illinois’s last 14 games|
|Illinois is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home|
|Boise State’s Overall Scoring vs Illinois’s Overall Defense||75.7||116||69.5||107|
|Boise State’s Away Scoring vs Illinois’s Home Defense||75.1||60||67.1||117|
|Boise State’s Road Rebounds vs Illinois’s Home Rebounds Allowed||35.3||134||32.2||78|
|Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Boise State’s Overall Defense||72.1||201||71.2||147|
|Illinois’s Home Scoring vs Boise State’s Road Defense||75.7||185||72.4||121|
|Illinois’s Home Rebounds vs Boise State’s Road Rebounds Allowed||36.4||191||34.7||111|