Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini NCAA Betting Prediction

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Prediction 2/4/2024

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-6) travel to face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini (16-5) on Sunday, February 4th. This game will be played at State Farm Center in Champaign and televised on BTN. Illinois is coming off a win in their previous game, while Nebraska is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Maryland. Tip-off is set for 6:30 ET.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

After a loss to Maryland, Nebraska is now 16-6 overall and 5-5 in the Big Ten. On the road, the Cornhuskers are just 2-5 this season and have lost four straight.

So far, Nebraska has been the underdog in eight games, going 3-5. In their last 10 road games, the Cornhuskers are 4-6.

As the underdog, Nebraska has gone just 3-5 against the spread this season. Their road ATS mark is just 2-5 and they are 0-3 vs. the spread in their last three road games. Overall, the Cornhuskers are 12-8-1 vs. the spread this year.

So far this season, the over/under record in Nebraska games is 14-7, and today’s line of 154.5 is higher than the average over/under line of 147 in their games. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 142 points.

The Illinois Fighting Illini Are Coming Off A Win

Illinois is coming off an 87-75 win over Ohio State and has won two straight games. The Fighting Illini have gone 9-1 at home over their last ten games and are 12-2 at home this season.

For the year, Illinois has gone 16-5 and is 7-3 in Big Ten play. They have been the favorite in 17 of their 21 games and have gone 14-3 in those games.

As the favorite, Illinois has gone 8-8-1 against the spread this season and is 6-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, the Illini are 6-7-1 vs. the spread this year and have gone 6-3-1 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games.

Today’s over/under line of 154.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Illinois’ games this year (147). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 159 points.

Nebraska Offense Breakdown

In their latest game, Nebraska offense put up 51 points against Maryland. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 39.5% and made 10 threes. Offensively, the Cornhuskers have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 177th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 81st in percentage and 26th in three-pointers made.

Brice Williams (G) 13.3 5.6 2.6
Rienk Mast (F) 13.6 8.3 3.0
Keisei Tominaga (G) 13.1 1.9 1.1

Illinois Offense Breakdown

In their most recent game, the Fighting Illini’s offense tallied 87 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 82.3 points per game. The top scorer for the Fighting Illini was Marcus Domask with 23 points, while Terrence Shannon Jr. also chipped in with 23 points.

Marcus Domask (F) 15.5 4.7 3.4
Terrence Shannon Jr. (G) 20.1 4.2 2.5
Quincy Guerrier (F) 11.0 7.6 0.2

Nebraska Team Defense

At present, the Cornhuskers’ defense is nationally ranked 127th, allowing 70.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Nebraska’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.1% this season.

Illinois Team Defense

The Fighting Illini’s defense is presently ranked 104th nationally, allowing an average of 69.0 points per contest. Against Ohio State in their most recent game, the Illinois defense gave up a total of 75 points while allowing Ohio State to hit 50% of their shots.

Cornhuskers vs Fighting Illini Trends

  • In their last three games away from home, the Cornhuskers have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 69 points per game in this stretch.
  • The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last home games and 3-2 straight-up.
  • As the betting underdog, the Cornhuskers have an ATS mark of just 1-4 in their last five games. Nebraska posted a straight up mark of 1-4 in these matchups.
  • Through their previous three contests as the betting favorite, the Fighting Illini have a strong record of 2-1. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 1-2.

Cornhuskers vs Fighting Illini Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Fighting Illini vs. Cornhuskers matchup, our bet is to grab the Cornhuskers at +9.5. Even though our projections have the Fighting Illini winning 75-69, we see the Cornhuskers as the play on the point-spread.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 154.5 and given that our model is projecting 144 points between the teams, we like the under.

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