Date: Thursday. March 14, 2019
Venue: United Center. Chicago, Illinois.
Time: 9:30 PM EST.
Betting Line: 4 Points/Total 154.
The Big Ten Television Network will televise the game.
Written by NCAA Basketball March Madness Point Spread Analyst Greg Nelson.
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The (13-20) SU, (13-18-1) ATS Illinois Fighting Illini took down Northwestern 74-69 as 3′ point ATS FAVORITES on a neutral court. Illinois entered the annual tournament with expectations of making noise as an eleven seed. With Ohio State, Indiana considered NCAA Tournament bubble team the Fighting Illini must win the Big Ten tournament for the automatic bid. The Fighting Illini will try to play tonight’s game with tempo in an attempt to create turnovers which they do well. Illinois forces (7.5) turnovers per contest while Iowas give up (6.6) per game. Another indication of why they should play at a fast pace is their the past five games is down (4.0) points below the season average.
Freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu (14.1) ppg leads a team that scores an average of (73.0) ppg, and they’ll need to do plenty of scoring against a balanced Iowa team. OVER bettors have made profits Illinois last four at a neutral venue and seven of the Fighting Illini last eight following a POINT SPREAD cover. The top team of Basketball handicappers at Charliessports.com is 7-2 going on or against Illinois ATS/TOTALS in 2018-19. A key for a Fighting Illini ATS cover is to match converted three points shots which they rank 39th in the nation while keeping Iowa from getting offensive rebounds.
Bovada.Lv, list the Illinois Fighting Illini at +25,000 to win the 2019 Big Ten Tournament Championship.
The (21-10) SU, (12-19) ATS Iowa Hawkeyes come into the 2019 Big Ten tournament as the six seed with having a first-round bye they should be ready for action Thursday Night. Iowa finished 10-10 in conference play which should be good enough for an at large bid for the NCAA March Madness tournament. Iowa scores (79.0) ppg which ranks second behind Michigan State in the Big Ten while the (45.6%) shooting in tied with Wisconsin for third. However, they’ve been outscored by ten or more points in the last five games.
UNDER bettors could be enticed by the fact that it’s cashed in 6 of the Hawkeyes last seven against teams with a winning percentage of less than (40.0%). The Hawkeyes took down Illinois by 24 points in the lone meeting between the teams this season and Iowa is the top-ranked College basketball team in free throw attempts. They’ll attempt to get the charity stripe plenty tonight, what more important is they enter on a four-game losing streak. This Sports Handicapper understands Iowa the fundamentals of the Hawkeyes coaching staff better than any in the Industry.
Bovada.Lv, list the Iowa Hawkeyes at +5,500 to win the 2019 Big Ten Tournament.
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