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The (15-0) SU, (7-8) ATS Michigan Wolverines stayed unbeaten with a 74-63 win over Indiana as 9 point home FAVORITES ATS on Sunday December 6, 2019.
Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews scored 18 points apiece in the victory while Zavier Simpson dished out three assists. Michigan has won 29 of their last 30 games dating back to the 2018 season.
- Michigan is 12-3-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD the last sixteen between the teams.
- The Wolverines are 20-7-1 ATS their last 28 on the road.
- The OVER is 4-2 the last six times the teams have played.
- Michigan is 2-5 ATS their last seven overall.
The (4-11) SU, (6-9) ATS Illinois Fighting Illini are on a four-game losing streak after last Sunday’s 68-66 loss to Northwestern as 8 point road UNDERDOGS ATS.
Northwestern hit a three-point shot with ten seconds remaining in Evanston, Illinois as the struggles in both Basketball and Football continue at the University of Illinois.
- Illinois is 4-8 ATS their last 12 overall.
- The Fighting Illini are 1-8 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last seven at home.
- UNDER bettors have cashed in 5 of Illinois last eight at home.
- The UNDER is 4-1 Illinois last five at home.
Thursday’s game is at 8:00 PM EST at State Farm Center in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. The FS-1 Television Network will be broadcasting.
The Betting Line has Michigan as 9′ point road FAVORITES ATS ATS. The TOTAL is 136′ points for Thursday’s contest.
University of Michigan head coach John Beilein is in his twelfth season on the bench in Ann Arbor with expectations mounting after making it to the 2018 NCAA Finals, losing to Villanova. Departures to Moritz Wagner, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, and Duncan Robinson should have meant the program would be in a rebuilding year.
However, it’s not been the case as their suffocating defense has been the catalyst to an undefeated season.
Forward Isaiah Livers (7.9) ppg is questionable tonight with a back injury which could play a factor tonight as the Kalamazoo native can do a bit of everything for the team. In his absence, Austin Davis (1.6) ppg along with Brandon Johns (1.4) are getting valuable playing time which will pay dividends as the season progresses.
The Wolverines have been 16-0 three times in the history of the basketball program while they seek their 14th consecutive Big Ten Conference victory.
Leading scorer Ignas Brazdeikis (16.0) points per contest are efficient inside and out but will see plenty of pressure from an Illinois team that won’t mind playing a small lineup.
The best NCAA Basketball Handicapper believes Michigan must stick to their game plan as the Illini will try to get them out of rhythm.
Bovada.Lv, list the Michigan Wolverines at 15/1 to win the 2019 Big Ten Conference title.
Brad Underwood understand the landscape which is why he’ll attempt to restore a rich tradition of College Basketball at the largest institute of higher learning in the Land of Lincoln.
News of the Kofi Cockburn commitment is good news among the loyal Illini basketball follower; the seven-foot five-star is the second big man to give a verbal to Illinois, Antwan January is the other. Both players like the family atmosphere instilled by Underwood; they also are confident they’ll instrumental in getting back to the winning ways at the University of Illinois.
After Loyola of Chicago made it to 2018 Final Four as a Mid Major program, all coaches in the area are feeling pressure to duplicate the feat.
For now, the Illini hope to break a 13 game losing streak against ranked opponents tonight on their home floor. For that to happen, sophomore guard Trent Frazier (14.9) ppg, and Chicago freshman Ayo Dosunmu (12.9) to play near flawless basketball against a superior defensive opponent. Underwood will do everything to force turnovers and play with an uptempo style.
Bovada.Lv, list the Illinois Fighting Illini at +8,000 to win the 2019 Big 10 Basketball Crown.
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