Duquesne vs Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/23/24

Illinois (27-8) vs Duquesne (25-11)

Game Info: Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 8:40 pm (CHI Health Center Omaha)

Betting Odds: Illinois -9.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

In this article, we will formulate a Duquesne vs Illinois betting prediction for this college basketball showdown on Saturday, March 23rd at the Century Link Center in Omaha. We will take a look at: 

-The Duquesne Dukes recent form and recent player performance

-The Illinois Fighting Illini recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between Duquesne and Illinois. 

Illinois Tested in First Game

Illinois was tested in the first game of the NCAA tournament against Morehead State. Illinois was only up by one point at halftime, but in the second half they scored 46 points on the way to the victory. Terrence Shannon Jr had another strong game putting up 26 points, four assists, and two rebounds. Illinois is averaging 84.4 points while the defense is giving up 73.7 points per game. Shannon Jr has been the top player for Illinois averaging 23 points while shooting 47 percent from the field. Illinois is on a five-game winning run; the Fighting Illini beat Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin before defeating Morehead State.

What a Win for Duquesne

Duquesne came in with confidence after their last game against BYU where they sure looked good the entire game. At halftime they were up 36-30 and they never let up as they were able to secure the 71-67 victory. Dae Dae Grant had a strong game putting up 19 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Duquesne is averaging 70.8 points while their defense is giving up 66.11 points per game. In this game if Duquesne wants any chance the defense is going to need to be good here. Grant has been the top player averaging 16.7 points while shooting 38.9 percent from the field. Before the win over BYU, Duquesne recorded eight straight victories, including the one over Dayton.

Illinois vs Duquense Betting Prediction

Duquesne looks good against BYU in the first game, but this game is going to be different. Illinois is averaging 84.4 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. Duquesne isn't going to have a good offensive game and that will be the difference here as Illinois is going to run away with this game. Back the Fighting Illini to win this game and cover the spread. The winner of this game will meet Iowa State or Washington State in the next round.

Shane’s Pick Illinois -9.5

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