Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-8) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (16-7)
February 11, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -4.5 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights +4.5; Over/Under: +132.5
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in college basketball action from the State Farm Center on Saturday afternoon. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
Illinois is listed as a 4.5-point home favorite with a -220 ML price tag. The total for this game is set at 132.5 points.
For Rutgers, Mawot Mag is out for the season with a knee injury while Luke Goode is out until late February with a foot injury.
Rutgers’ 70-59 win over Illinois back on February 19th, 2022, made it seven straight wins for the home team in this matchup.
Rutgers is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I’m sticking with Illinois here. Rutgers has done well defensively on their home floor, but you take this Rutgers team on the road, and it almost feels like a completely different team that suits up. Illinois has done a good job using their home court for their greatest advantage and I just think matchup-wise, this is a tough spot for Rutgers. I’ll back the Illini here.