Boise State Broncos at Illinois Fighting Illini Free Pick - Betting Odds

Date: 
March 20, 9:00 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Illinois -7.5
Total: 
145.5

The 2nd seed Illinois Fighting Illini host the 6th seed Boise State Broncos in a Region Three 2nd round NIT Tournament game that will take place at the at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois at 9 PM ET. The Illinois point spread has been on the rise hitting -8.5 after opening at -7. The total line has also seen some movement dropping one point to 145.5.

The 2nd seed Illinois Fighting Illini host the 6th seed Boise State Broncos in a Region Three 2nd round NIT Tournament game that will take place at the at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois at 9 PM ET. The Illinois point spread has been on the rise hitting -8.5 after opening at -7. The total line has also seen some movement dropping one point to 145.5.

Boise State is coming off a 73-68 win over Utah in the first round of the NIT where they covered the spread as a 12-point underdog. The total number of points scored in the game was 141, which was under the closing line of 156.5. The Broncos have covered the spread in two of their last three games and previous to the Utah game the total had gone over in two straight games. Boise State has won two of their last three games.

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Illinois is coming off an 82-57 blowout win over Valparaiso in the first round of the NIT where they covered the 9-pont line. The total number of points scored in the game was 139, which was under the closing line of 140.5. Previous to the Valparaiso game the Fighting Illini had failed to cover the spread in two straight games and in six of their last seven games, including their last three, the total has gone under. Previous to the Valparaiso game Illinois had lost two straight games.

Offensively, Boise State is putting up 75.7 points per game on a 45% FG average. On the defensive side of the ball the Broncos are allowing 71.2 points per game on a 43.3% FG average.

Illinois is putting up 72.1 points per game on a 44.5% FG average. On defense the Fighting Illini are allowing 69.5 points per game on a 43.9% FG average.

These teams met last in the 2009 season where Illinois beat Boise State 84-77.

Boise State Broncos at Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends

  • Boise State is 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games.
  • The Bronco’s are 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 road games.
  • The game total has gone over in 4 of Boise State’s last 5 road games.
  • Illinois 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games.
  • The Fighting Illini are 94 against the spread in their last 13 home games.

Public Money Consensus

In this college basketball matchup between Boise State and Illinois have the public leaning slightly to the home Fighting Illini minus the 7.5 points with 58%. The over/under bettors are thinking this game may stay under the posted total line 145.5 with 53% on board.

Boise State Bronco’s at Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction

 

Boise State beat a decent Utah team to get to this game, shooting a solid 29 of 64 from the field against the Utes. The Broncos offense has been extremely efficient over their last five games allowing 78.2 points per game on 49.8% shooting, but that can be said of their defense that has allowed 75.4 points over the five game stretch. Illinois’ overall scoring has been lacking at times, scoring a per game average of 70.8 points overall. At home that’s a different story with an average of 75.2 PPG.

 

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 145.5

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