2013 College Basketball Illinois vs. Iowa Picks & Predictions

2013 College Basketball Illinois vs. Iowa Picks & Predictions

2013 College Basketball Illinois vs. Iowa Picks & Predictions
By ATSSportsline.com

IOWA CITY, IA (ATS Consultants) – Two Big Ten teams battling for conference tournament position will square off when Iowa hosts Illinois at 7:00PM ET tonight.

ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed Iowa as a 4.5-point favorite over Illinois for tonight’s game, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 135.5 points. The Fighting Illini enter play with a 21-9 overall record and are 8-8 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes are 18-11 overall and 7-9 in the conference.

LINE MOVEMENT: Illinois opened as a 3.5-point favorite but the spread has been bet up to 4.5 at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 136 but dropped to 135.5.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 54% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Illinois. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

NCAA FREE PICK: Take Illinois. According to latest college basketball trends, Illinois is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games. 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS last 6 in series.

Illinois (21-9 SU, 12-15 ATS) is looking to go over .500 in the conference. They are coming off a 72-65 win over Nebraska, giving 13.5 on Saturday. Iowa (18-11 SU, 16-9 ATS)loss at Indiana, 73-60 on Saturday, getting 13.5. Illinois has won six of their last seven games and is heating up at the right time. Illinois has won their last three games visiting Iowa. Their loss to Iowa last year on March 8, took place in the Big 10 Tournament. Illinois is very close to getting into the Big Dance with wins over top-ranked Indiana and Gonzaga, and with four wins over RPI Top 25 schools. Senior Brandon Paul averages 16.1 points per game and leads the way for the Fighting Illini. Illinois may want to zone an Iowa team that shoots just 29.8 percent from three-point range. Illinois has the quickness edge with Paul and that will be the difference.

TUESDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI +4.5


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