Boise State Broncos vs. Illinois Fighting Illini, Las Vegas Odds, NIT March Madness Betting, Picks and Prediction

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20-11 March 20, 9:00 PM | State Farm Center 19-14
Boise St. at Illinois, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, March 20, 2017
Where: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book 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.

Oddsmakers currently have the Fighting Illini listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Broncos, while the game’s total is sitting at 145½.

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.

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Boise State:
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


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

PREDICTION: Illinois 79, Boise State 74 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

75.7 PTS FOR 72.1
71.2 PTS AGNST 69.5
4.5 DIFF. 2.6
26.0 DEF REBOUNDS 25.2
45.2 FG% 45.0
71.3 FT% 68.6
8.0 3 POINTERS 7.5
4.9 STEALS 5.4
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

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