7:00 p.m. ET: Illinois Fighting Illini (13-4) at Maryland Terrapins (9-9)
Spread: Illinois -4
The #17 Illinois Fighting Illini visit the Maryland Terrapins after Alfonso Plummer scored 24 points in Illinois’ 96-88 overtime loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. The Fighting Illini are 6-1 against conference opponents. Illinois is 6th in the Big Ten giving up 66.1 points while holding opponents to 39.7% shooting. The Terrapins have gone 6-5 in home games. Maryland ranks 8th in the Big Ten with 8.7 offensive rebounds per game. Two weeks ago, Kofi Cockburn tallied 23 points and 18 rebounds in a 76-64 Illini win in Champaign, Ill. Cockburn will not be playing in this game because of an injury so that is going to hurt Illinois and it will be similar to how they started the season. With this game coming just a few days after the big double OT letdown loss to Purdue on their home floor, you can expect Illinois to be less motivated. If Maryland has any chance to win, it will be on their home floor in this spot. Take Maryland to cover the spread along with the Under.
- The Underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
- The Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Bookie: Maryland +4 / Under 136.5
Fade the Public: Maryland / Under
Sharp Action: Maryland / Under