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Illinois vs Nebraska Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/31/23

Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-12) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (15-6)
January 31, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -13.5 / Nebraska Cornhuskers +13.5; Over/Under: +136.5
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in college basketball action from the State Farm Center on Tuesday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


Illinois is listed as a 13.5-point home favorite with a ML price of -1100. The total for this game is set at 136.5 points.


For Nebraska, Blaise Keita remains out until mid-February with an ankle injury while Emmanuel Bandoumel, Juwan Gary and Ramel Lloyd Jr. all remain out for the season. For Illinois, Luke Goode is out until early February with a foot injury.

Matchup History

Illinois’ 76-50 win over Nebraska back on January 10th, 2023, made it six straight wins for Illinois head-to-head in this matchup.


Nebraska is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 Tuesday games. Illinois is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.


I’m sticking with Illinois here. It is a bit of a hefty line, but Nebraska’s really shown nothing up to this point in the year on the road to suggest they’ll be able to keep it close against a much tougher team like Illinois on the road. The Illini won the first meeting at Nebraska big and while I’m not expecting the same margin of victory, I do think that the Illini do enough to get the win and cover here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Illinois -13.5

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