NCAA Odds: #13 Michigan Wolverines vs. #16 Illinois Fighting Illini

March 1, 2012 NCAA Basketball

The Michigan Wolverines, who are #13 in the AP poll and #16 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, will be traveling to Champaign’s Assembly Hall on Thursday to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Wolverines beat the Illini at home on February 12 by a score of 70-61.

The Michigan Wolverines are currently reeling after losing at home for the first time all year. They lost 75-61 on Saturday to Purdue. The Wolverines are third in the Big Ten with a 21-8 record and an 11-5 conference record. The Wolverines had a four game winning streak going before their loss to Purdue. Start your College Basketball Betting action on  #13 Michigan Wolverines vs. #16 Illinois Fighting Illini game.

Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been best known for being the son of basketball legend Tim Hardaway. However, he is making a name for himself with his strong play for the Wolverines. He has gotten 14.1 points per game. Meanwhile, freshman guard Trey Burke has lit up the team with 14.3 points per game and has scored in double digits in his last eight games.

The Illinois Fighting Illini is 17-12 with a 6-10 Big Ten record. They lost six games in a row before beating Iowa 65-54 on Sunday. However, the Illini still has a shot at reaching the NCAA Tournament thanks to its quality wins over Ohio State and Michigan State earlier this year. Check the NCAA Basketball Odds for #13 Michigan Wolverines vs. #16 Illinois Fighting Illini game.

Junior guard Brandon Paul leads the Illini with 14.8 points per game but he has also dealt with some issues regarding consistency. He scored only two points on February 18 against Nebraska after going 1-7 on field goals. Meanwhile, he had 17 points against Iowa on Sunday while going 5-9 in field goals during that game.

The Wolverines are expected to win in spite of Illinois having a 13-4 record at home. The Wolverines have a -5 advantage for the game with a -105 payout. The payout for the +5 bet on the Illini is listed at -110. This will be close and the odds may change before game time.

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