Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Wolverines ATS Prediction 01/25/20

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It figures to be a high-scoring affair as the 21st-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini (14-5, 6-2 Big 10) visit Michigan to play the Wolverines (11-7, 2-5 Big 10). Action starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Odds

In their last matchup, the Wolverines were beaten by the Penn State Nittany Lions, 72-63, while the Fighting Illini were victorious over the Purdue Boilermakers, 79-62.

Illinois played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 55.0 (above their season average of 37.7) and a free throw rate of 0.367 (above their season average of 0.255). For those same stats, Purdue had marks of 27.8 and 0.232, respectively. Michigan, on the other hand, held Penn State to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.3 (below their season average of 30.8). Michigan rallied around Zavier Simpson, who had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Kofi Cockburn played a key role for Illinois with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Cockburn led the Fighting Illini to a 71-62 victory. He recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Illinois’ 0.230 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Michigan, who had a mark of 0.081.

This contest figures to be a shootout as a pair of the nation’s top offenses square off. Michigan ranks 56th with 109.0 points per 100 possessions and Illinois is 29th (110.7).

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines ATS Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Illinois, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Michigan ranks 76th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while Illinois ranks 263rd (17.9).
  • The Wolverines rank 28th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Fighting Illini rank 98th (6.3).
  • Michigan ranks 30th in assists per game (15.9) while Illinois ranks 72nd (14.4).
  • The Fighting Illini rank 14th in rebounds allowed per game (30.4) while the Wolverines rank 163rd (35.8).
  • Michigan ranks 36th in blocks per game (4.6) while Illinois ranks 107th (3.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Wolverines have scored an average of 73.2 points per game (4.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.4 points per game (10.5 above their season average).
  • The Fighting Illini’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.2, down from 11.4 for the season.