Illinois vs Nebraska Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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The Illinois Fighting Illini (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten) hit the court against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-7, 2-3 Big Ten) on Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET in Big Ten action.

The Fighting Illini are currently small 3.5-point favorites over the Cornhuskers. The over/under is 139 points for the game.

Illinois vs. Nebraska Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Nebraska

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Nebraska Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -169 odds to pick up the win, while Nebraska is listed at +142 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 139 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Illinois vs. Nebraska Betting Trends

Illinois is 8-7-0 against the spread this year. The Fighting Illini have been favorites in nine games this season and have come away with the win five times (55.6%) in those contests. Illinois’ games this year have eclipsed the over/under seven times in 16 opportunities (43.8%).

Against the spread, Nebraska is 6-10-0 this year. The Cornhuskers have won 22.2% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (2-7). Nebraska’s games this season have hit the over on four of 16 set point totals (25%).

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Illinois vs. Nebraska Key Players to Watch


Terrence Shannon Jr. posts a team-high 17.6 points per game. He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists, shooting 46.2% from the field and 34.6% from downtown with 1.9 made 3-pointers per contest. Coleman Hawkins leads his squad in both rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.5) per game, and also posts 10 points. Defensively, he averages 1 steal and 1.2 blocked shots. Dain Dainja is putting up 10.1 points, 0.5 assists and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Matthew Mayer puts up 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, shooting 43.3% from the field and 36.6% from downtown with 1.7 made 3-pointers per game.


Sam Griesel is the Cornhuskers’ top assist man (4.3 per game), and he delivers 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. The Cornhuskers receive 9.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Juwan Gary. Derrick Walker is the Cornhuskers’ top scorer (14.5 points per game) and rebounder (8.2), and averages 3.1 assists. Emmanuel Bandoumel is putting up 9.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, making 36.7% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

So far this year, the Fighting Illini are scoring 76.9 points per game (74th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 64.7 points per contest (65th-ranked). Illinois ranks 28th in the country with 36.5 boards per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 103rd with 29.7 rebounds allowed per game.

Illinois ranks 37th in the nation with 9.1 three-pointers per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 196th with a 33.6% shooting percentage from downtown. The Fighting Illini are ceding 6.3 three-pointers per game (82nd-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 32.5% three-point percentage (157th-ranked).

The Fighting Illini are 5-5 against the spread and 6-4 overall over their last 10 games. Illinois has gone over the total in four of its last 10 outings. On offense, Illinois has struggled over its last 10 games, scoring 73.8 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 76.9 it has put up over the course of this year. Illinois has been slightly suspect on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 66 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 64.7 it has surrendered this season.

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What you need to know about the Nebraska Cornhuskers

At 68.1 points scored per game and 66.3 points conceded, the Cornhuskers are 278th in the nation on offense and 105th on defense. With 34.8 rebounds per game and 31.8 rebounds allowed, Nebraska is 76th and 224th in college basketball, respectively.

In 2022-23 the Cornhuskers are averaging 12.3 more points per game at home (75.3) than away (63). In 2022-23 Nebraska is 293rd in the nation in 3-point makes (6.2 per game) and 22nd-worst in 3-point percentage (29.5%). Defensively, the Cornhuskers are 300th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed per game at 8.3. They are 150th in 3-point percentage conceded at 32.4%.

The Cornhuskers are 5-5 against the spread and 6-4 overall over their last 10 contests. Three of Nebraska’s past 10 games have hit the over. Nebraska is posting 68.7 points per game over its past 10 games, compared to its season average of 68.1. Over their last 10 games, the Cornhuskers are surrendering 66.3 points per contest, the same number of points they are allowing per game this season.

Illinois vs. Nebraska Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Illinois, and we project that Nebraska will cover the spread (Illinois -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 139 points.

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How to bet Illinois vs. Nebraska

You can bet on Illinois vs. Nebraska 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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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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