Michigan vs Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/13/24

Illinois (17-6) vs Michigan (8-16)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)

Betting Odds: Illinois -15.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Michigan Wolverines will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten game on Tuesday night at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan has lost six of their last seven games, while Illinois has won three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Michigan vs Illinois prediction.

Michigan Preview

The Michigan Wolverines are 8-16 (3-10) this year after they lost to Nebraska by a score of 79-59 in their last game. Michigan trailed 45-25 at halftime, but they did play better in the second half in the loss. The Wolverines shot 32.3% from the field and were -4 in rebounding margin in the game. Michigan defeated Wisconsin by a score of 72-68 in the game prior to Nebraska, but lost the previous five games. The Wolverines are scoring 76 points per game with 36.5 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game, while allowing 78.4 points against per game this year. Olivier Nkamhoua is averaging 15 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. Michigan is shooting 45.5% from the field, 71.3% on free throws, and 36.7% on three pointers this season.

Illinois Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 17-6 (8-4) this season after they lost to Michigan State by a score of 88-80 in their last game. Illinois had an eight point lead with about eight minutes left in the game, but they completely fell apart for the loss. The Fighting Illini shot 43.3% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. Illinois had won their previous three games against Nebraska, Ohio State, and Indiana. The Fighting Illini are scoring 82.4 points per game with 42.7 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game, while giving up 70.4 points against per game this season. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 20.5 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game. Illinois is shooting 46% from the field, 72.8% on free throws, and 34% on three pointers this year. 

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Illinois Fighting Illini Team Facts

  • Illinois has won each of its last 13 night games at State Farm Center against non-AP-ranked opponents.
  • Nine of Illinois' last 10 night games have produced a total of 161+ points.
  • Illinois has won the first half in each of its last seven games against Michigan.

Michigan Wolverines Team Facts

  • Michigan has lost 10 of its last 11 night games.
  • Twenty-three of Michigan's last 25 night games against AP-ranked opponents have produced a total of 153 or fewer points.
  • The home team has won the first half in five of Michigan's last six games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Illinois ranks 4th among Division 1 teams for rebounds per game this season (42.7).
  • Illinois ranks 357th among Division 1 teams for opponent turnovers per game this season (9.2).
  • Michigan ranks 358th among Division 1 teams for steals per game this season (4.0).
  • Michigan ranks 45th among Division 1 teams for three-point percentage this season (36.7%).

Michigan vs Illinois Betting Prediction

Illinois has the second best record in the Big Ten so far this year, but they are coming off of a loss to Michigan State in their last game. The Fighting Illini were in position to win that game, but they played very poorly over the final eight minutes. Michigan is only 3-10 in conference play this season and they have been pretty bad all year. The Wolverines just lost by 20 points to Nebraska and they are allowing over 78 points against per game this year. I can’t trust this Michigan team at all, so I will lay the big number with Illinois at home. 

David’s Pick Illinois -15.5

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