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Illinois vs Iowa State Betting Odds

Here are the Illinois vs Iowa State Betting odds:

+2.5 +130 Over 146.5
-2.5 -150 Under 146.5

Illinois vs Iowa State Betting Trends

Here are the Illinois vs Iowa State Betting trends for this Sweet 16 game:


  • Iowa State is 19-3 when favored on the moneyline (86.4% winning percentage).
    The Cyclones are 18-2 moneyline favorites, with odds of -155 or less.
    The moneyline for this game gives Iowa State a 60.8% chance of winning.
    This season, Illinois has won three of six games as an underdog.
    This season, the Fighting Illini are 3-3 as an underdog of +130 or more.
    The moneyline for this game suggests that Illinois has a 43.5% chance of winning.

Against the spread

  • Iowa State has covered the spread in 26 of its 36 games this season.
    Illinois is 21-14-1 ATS this season.
    The Cyclones average 75.5 points per game, which is only 2.1 more than the Fighting Illini allow (73.4).
    When Iowa State scores more than 73.4 points, the team goes 11-2 against the spread and 13-0 overall.
    Illinois is 12-6 ATS and 17-1 overall when allowing less than 75.5 points.
    The Fighting Illini average 84.6 points per game, 23.3 more than the Cyclones, who allow 61.3.
    Illinois is 17-13-1 ATS and 23-8 overall in games where they score more than 61.3 points.
    Iowa State’s record is 21-9 against the spread and 24-6 overall when it allows fewer than 84.6 points.


  • This season, the Cyclones’ average implied point total is 74.6, 0.4 points fewer than the implied total from Thursday’s game (75).
  • This season, Iowa State has scored more than 75 points sixteen times.
  • The Fighting Illini’s season average projected total is 79.9 points, which is 7.9 points more than the team’s suggested total of 72 points for this game.
  • Throughout the season, Illinois has scored 30 more points than the game’s projected total of 72.

Iowa State Cyclones Betting Prediction and Insights

First, we’ll look at Illinois vs Iowa State betting predictions and Cyclones insights.

Iowa State defeated Washington State, 67-56, thanks to a few key buckets in the second half.

It played great three-point defense, took timely shots, forced 13 turnovers, and appeared to score on all of them.

It’s efficient, plays its own game, and makes teams to work hard to get things running smoothly, but don’t expect this to be a grinder of a team. It can score.

Illinois shines greatest while it’s moving. It does not score many fast break points, but it is excellent at converting defensive rebounds into scores.

What it does not do is force takeaways, ranking 348th in the country in forced errors, and it does not always provide defensive effort and attention.

Iowa State consistently performs well. It is built on that D and expects patience and efficiency to be present during the attack.

  • Iowa State had a +513 scoring differential, outscoring opponents by 14.2 points per game. It averages 75.5 points per game, ranking 114th in NCAA basketball, and allows 61.3, placing fourth.
  • The Cyclones score 2.1 points more than the Fighting Illini (73.4).
  • Iowa State shoots 6.7 three-pointers per game (249th in college basketball) at a 35.6% rate (92nd in college basketball), while its opponents shoot 7.3 and 31.5% from deep.
  • The Cyclones score 11.1 points more per game at home (80.7) than on the road (69.6).
  • Iowa State’s previous ten games have averaged 68.5 points per game, which is much lower than its average of 75.5 for the 2023-24 season.

Cyclones Key Players to Watch

Cyclones Leaders
Keshon Gilbert 36 13.7 4.4 4.2 1.9 0.1 1.0
Tamin Lipsey 35 12.5 4.6 4.9 2.7 0.1 1.3
Milan Momcilovic 36 11.2 3.2 1.2 0.5 0.4 1.7
Curtis Jones 36 10.6 2.9 2.0 1.4 0.1 1.9
Tre King 36 8.9 5.3 0.8 1.1 0.2 0.4

Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Prediction and Insights

Now we have the Illinois vs Iowa State Betting prediction and insights for the Fighting Illini.

Size will be a key concern.

Iowa State is fantastic against everyone, but it flourishes when it gets the chance to dominate guard-oriented teams that play along the perimeter. Illinois is able to run and is quite large.

The Illini’s main players are all 6-6 or higher, Terrence Shannon is an NBA starter who will play a few more games in college, and everyone helps on the boards.

Iowa State does rebound, although not very often on the defensive boards, which is owing in part to the fact that the other team does not attempt many shots in Cyclone games.

However, it is not an exaggeration to state that Illinois will easily overcome Iowa State’s defense. It is capable of steamrolling.

This group averages 13 offensive rebounds and over 41 boards per game.

  • Illinois’ +403 scoring difference (outscoring opponents by 11.2 points per game) results from averaging 84.6 points per game (ninth in college basketball) and allowing 73.4 per game (229th in college basketball).
  • The Fighting Illini average 84.6 points, 23.3 more than the Cyclones allow.
  • Illinois averages 8.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 80th in college basketball) and shoots 35.2% from behind the arc (115th). It makes 2.1 more three-pointers than its opponents, who average 6.3 per game or 34.4%.
  • The Fighting Illini average 82.8 points per game at home and 83.4 away.
  • Illinois is averaging 84.6 points per game in 2023-24, but that has increased to 87.7 over the last 10 games.

Fighting Illini Key Players to Watch

Fighting Illini Leaders
Terrence Shannon Jr. 30 23.3 4.0 2.3 1.0 0.9 2.4
Marcus Domask 36 16.1 5.0 4.0 0.3 0.4 1.1
Coleman Hawkins 33 12.3 6.1 2.8 1.5 1.1 1.7
Quincy Guerrier 36 9.8 6.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.1
Ty Rodgers 36 6.4 5.3 2.1 0.5 0.4 0.0

Illinois vs Iowa State Betting Pick

  • The Illinois vs Iowa State Betting pick: Take the Over

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