Michigan Wolverines vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
|Date & Time||Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
State Farm Center
The Line: Illinois +9 -- Over/Under: 135
The Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Thursday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center.
The Michigan Wolverines look for another victory to build on their undefeated 15-0 record. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 72.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 55.6 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Ignas Brazdeikis is averaging 16 points and one assist while Charles Matthews is averaging 14.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jordan Poole is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Livers is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 65.9 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan Wolverines are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Michigan Wolverines have won their last five road games.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a statement victory that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 73.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Trent Frazier is averaging 14.9 points and 3.2 assists while Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 12.9 points and 2.9 assists. Giorgi Bezhanishvili is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Jordan is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won four of their last six home games.
The Wolverines are 23-7-1 ATS in their last 31 vs. Big Ten, 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Wolverines are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Illinois and 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Wolverines last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 overall.
The Michigan Wolverines have won five of the last six meetings against the Illinois Fighting Illini and all five of those wins came by at least nine points. Michigan is outscoring teams by an average of 17.3 points on the season and 14.5 points on the road. Illinois has the raw talent to hang in this game and lord knows it could use a statement upset victory to get out of this funk. However, we don't see much consistency from the Fighting Illini and Michigan isn't a team you should be looking to step in front of these days. I have to eat the chalk.