Illinois vs Nebraska Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-12, 3-8 Big Ten) will be trying to stop a three-game losing skid when hitting the road against the Illinois Fighting Illini (15-6, 6-4 Big Ten) on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at State Farm Center. It airs at 7:00 PM ET.

The Fighting Illini square off with the Cornhuskers in a game that Illinois is currently a sizable favorite by 14 points. The over/under for the matchup is set at 136.

Illinois vs. Nebraska Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Nebraska

The spread for this matchup is set at 14 points, with bookmakers listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Nebraska Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -1157 odds to pick up the win, while Nebraska is listed at +708 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 136 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Arena: State Farm Center

Illinois vs. Nebraska Betting Trends

In the Illinois’ 21 games this year, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Fighting Illini have won in 10, or 66.7%, of the 15 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Illinois’ games this year have hit the over on nine of 22 set point totals.

Nebraska has played 22 games, with seven wins, against the spread. The Cornhuskers have gone 3-12 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 20% of those games). Nebraska’s games this season have hit the over on seven of 22 set point totals (31.8%).

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Illinois vs. Nebraska Key Players to Watch


Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Fighting Illini at 17.4 points per game, while also averaging 3 assists and 5.4 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins leads his team in both rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.3) per game, and also puts up 9.5 points. At the other end, he delivers 0.9 steals and 1.2 blocked shots. Matthew Mayer is posting 11.3 points, 1.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per contest. Dain Dainja is averaging 10 points, 0.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds per contest.


Sam Griesel tops the Cornhuskers in assists (4.2 per game), and averages 11 points and 5.4 rebounds. He also delivers 1.5 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Derrick Walker leads the Cornhuskers in scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.5), and puts up 3.4 assists. He also posts 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. The Cornhuskers get 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Juwan Gary. Emmanuel Bandoumel gives the Cornhuskers 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. He also posts 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

So far this season, three out of Illinois’ 10 Big Ten games have gone over the point total. On offense, the Fighting Illini are averaging 75.1 points per game (105th-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 63.7 points per contest at the other end (40th-ranked). Illinois is top-25 this year in rebounding, ranking 22nd-best in college basketball with 36.2 boards per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 101st with 29.7 rebounds allowed per contest.

The Fighting Illini are putting up 78.4 points per game in home games. When playing on the road, they are averaging 68.2 points per contest. Illinois is making 8.3 threes per game (90th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while owning a 32.5% three-point percentage (268th-ranked). The Fighting Illini rank 24th-best in the nation by allowing 5.6 treys per game. In terms of three-point percentage allowed, they rank 90th in college basketball at 31.7%.

The Fighting Illini have gone 7-3 in their past 10 contests, with a 7-3 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 contests, Illinois has hit the over four times. On the offensive side of the ball, Illinois has had a hard time putting the ball in the basket over its last 10 games, scoring 71.9 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 75.1 it has put up over the course of this year. Illinois has been slightly suspect on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 65.4 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 63.7 it has conceded this season.

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What you need to know about the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska has compiled a 3-8-0 record against the spread in conference action this year. With 65.9 points scored per game and 68.4 points allowed, the Cornhuskers are 320th in the country on offense and 156th defensively. At 32.6 rebounds per game and 32.5 rebounds conceded, Nebraska is 150th and 269th in college basketball, respectively.

At home the Cornhuskers are putting up 70.3 points per game, eight more than they are averaging away (62.3). At 6.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 30.6% from beyond the arc, Nebraska is 298th and 328th in the country, respectively, in those categories. Defensively, the Cornhuskers are 315th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.5. They are 143rd in 3-point percentage allowed at 32.9%.

Over their past 10 contests, the Cornhuskers have two wins against the spread, and are 4-6 overall. Four of Nebraska’s last 10 outings have hit the over. Over its previous 10 games, Nebraska is compiling 63.7 points per game, compared to its season average of 65.9. The Cornhuskers have fared worse defensively in their past 10 games, ceding 71.3 points per contest, 2.9 more points their than season average of 68.4.

Illinois vs. Nebraska Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Illinois, and we predict that Nebraska will cover the spread (Illinois -14). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 136 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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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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