Illinois vs Alabama A&M Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, December 17, 2022

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The Alabama A&M Bulldogs (3-6) battle the Illinois Fighting Illini (7-3) on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at State Farm Center. It starts at 4:00 PM ET.

Saturday’s matchup between the Fighting Illini and the Bulldogs features the Fighting Illini as colossal 32.5-point favorites. The over/under for the game is 148.5.

Illinois vs. Alabama A&M Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Alabama A&M

The spread for this matchup is set at 32.5 points, with bookmakers listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Alabama A&M Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has odds to pick up the win, while Alabama A&M is listed at to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 148.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Arena: State Farm Center

Illinois vs. Alabama A&M Betting Trends

Illinois has played 10 games, with six wins against the spread. Illinois’ games this year have gone over the total in five out of six opportunities (83.3%).

In Alabama A&M’s six games this season, it has three wins against the spread. Alabama A&M’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 66.7% of the time (four out of six games with a set point total).

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Illinois vs. Alabama A&M Key Players to Watch


Terrence Shannon Jr. is tops on the Fighting Illini at 17.8 points per contest, while also posting 2.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins leads his team in both rebounds (6.2) and assists (4.2) per contest, and also puts up 9.6 points. At the other end, he puts up 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocked shots. Dain Dainja posts 10.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per contest. At the other end, he delivers 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Matthew Mayer is posting 8.0 points, 1.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Alabama A&M

Garrett Hicks is the Bulldogs’ top scorer (16.9 points per game) and assist man (2.5), and puts up 3.4 rebounds. The Bulldogs get 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game from Dailin Smith. Messiah Thompson is the Bulldogs’ top assist man (3.1 per game), and he averages 9.8 points and 1.9 rebounds. The Bulldogs get 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game from Cameron Tucker.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

Offensively, the Fighting Illini are averaging 79.1 points per game (65th-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 63.6 points per contest at the other end of the court (67th-ranked). Illinois is grabbing 36.3 boards per game (41st-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 29.3 rebounds per contest (87th-ranked).

With 9.6 three-pointers per game, Illinois ranks 29th in college basketball. It sports a 35.3% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 127th in college basketball. So far this season, the Fighting Illini are ceding 6.4 treys per game (94th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 32.8% (176th-ranked) from downtown.

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What you need to know about the Alabama A&M Bulldogs

In 2022-23, the Bulldogs are 152nd in the country on offense (74.3 points scored per game) and 16th-worst defensively (77.2 points conceded). On the glass, Alabama A&M is ninth-worst in the nation in rebounds (28.1 per game). It is 322nd in rebounds conceded (34.3 per game).

In 2022-23, Alabama A&M is 139th in the country in 3-point makes (8.0 per game) and 38th in 3-point percentage (38.7%). The Bulldogs are the -4-worst squad in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (10.4 per game) and 0-worst in 3-point percentage defensively (40.5%).

Illinois vs. Alabama A&M Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Illinois, and we predict that Alabama A&M will cover the spread (Illinois -32.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 148.5 points.

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How to bet Illinois vs. Alabama A&M

You can bet on Illinois vs. Alabama A&M at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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