Illinois vs Rutgers Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, February 11, 2023

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-8, 8-5 Big Ten) hope to break a three-game road losing skid at the Illinois Fighting Illini (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET.

Saturday’s matchup between the Fighting Illini and the Scarlet Knights features the Fighting Illini as 6-point favorites. The over/under is 135 points for the matchup.

Illinois vs. Rutgers Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Rutgers

The spread for this matchup is set at 6 points, with sportsbooks listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Rutgers Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -250 odds to pick up the win, while Rutgers is listed at +210 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 135 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Arena: State Farm Center

Illinois vs. Rutgers Betting Trends

Illinois is 15-8-0 against the spread this year. The Fighting Illini have been victorious in 11, or 68.8%, of the 16 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Illinois’ games this year have hit the over on 10 of 24 set point totals.

In Rutgers’ 24 games this season, it has 16 wins against the spread. The Scarlet Knights have won 28.6% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (2-5). Rutgers’ games this year have gone over the total in 10 of 24 opportunities (41.7%).

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Illinois vs. Rutgers Key Players to Watch

Illinois

Terrence Shannon Jr. paces his team in both points (17) and assists (3) per game, and also puts up 5.1 rebounds. At the other end, he puts up 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Coleman Hawkins leads his team in both rebounds (6.5) and assists (3.2) per contest, and also posts 9.3 points. Defensively, he averages 0.9 steals and 1.3 blocked shots. Matthew Mayer puts up 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest, shooting 43.6% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game. Dain Dainja posts 10.1 points, 6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocked shots.

Rutgers

Clifford Omoruyi leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring (13.5 points per game) and rebounding (9.8), and averages 1 assists. He also delivers 0.5 steals and 1.9 blocked shots. The Scarlet Knights receive 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game from Cam Spencer. Caleb McConnell is posting 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, making 39.7% of his shots from the floor. Paul Mulcahy leads the Scarlet Knights in assists (4.9 per game), and posts 9 points and 3.6 rebounds. He also posts 1.7 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

In Illinois’ 12 Big Ten games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total four times. The Fighting Illini rank 97th in the nation with 75.2 points per game so far this season. At the other end, they rank 40th with 64.1 points allowed per game. Illinois is top-25 this season in rebounding, ranking 18th-best in college basketball with 36.2 boards per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 80th with 29.3 rebounds allowed per contest.

The Fighting Illini score 77.9 points per game in home games, compared to 70 points per game on the road, a difference of 7.9 points per contest. Illinois ranks 102nd in the country with 8.1 treys per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 301st with a 31.7% shooting percentage from downtown. This season, the Fighting Illini are allowing 5.8 three-pointers per game (31st-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 32.4% (114th-ranked) from downtown.

The Fighting Illini have an 8-2 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall in their last 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Illinois has gone over the total four times. Illinois has been putting up 71.4 points per game in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s slightly lower than the 75.2 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. The past 10 games have seen Illinois give up 0.5 more points per game (64.6) than its season-long average (64.1).

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What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers has put together a 9-4-0 ATS record so far this season in conference play. Offensively, the Scarlet Knights are the 203rd-ranked team in the country (70.5 points per game). On defense, they are seventh-best (58.7 points conceded per game). Rutgers collects 35 rebounds per game and give up 30.9 boards, ranking 38th and 164th, respectively, in the country.

The Scarlet Knights are putting up more points at home (73.1 per game) than away (65.1). At 5.8 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 32.2% from downtown, Rutgers is 321st and 281st in the nation, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23 the Scarlet Knights are 123rd in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (6.7 per game) and 14th-best in defensive 3-point percentage (29.3%).

The Scarlet Knights have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall in their last 10 contests. Rutgers has hit the over in four of its last 10 games. In its previous 10 games, Rutgers is scoring 67.7 points per game, compared to its season average of 70.5. The Scarlet Knights are giving up 63.6 points per contest in their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 58.7 points allowed.

Illinois vs. Rutgers Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Illinois, and we expect that Rutgers will cover the spread (Illinois -6). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 135 points.

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How to bet Illinois vs. Rutgers

You can bet on Illinois vs. Rutgers 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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WRITTEN BY

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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