Nebraska vs Illinois Betting pick and odds for this game set for March 16, 2024. Place a bet on this college basketball game now.

Nebraska vs Illinois Betting Odds

Here are the Nebraska vs Illinois Betting odds:

NEBRASKA +4.5 +165 Over 153
ILLINOIS -4.5 -190 Under 153

Nebraska vs Illinois Betting Prediction

Here is our Nebraska vs Illinois Betting prediction.

The Big Ten Tournament semifinals will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The second-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini (24-8 SU, 15-6 B10) will face the fourth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-9 SU, 13-8 B10). On Sunday, the winner will face the winner of Purdue’s game against Wisconsin.

When these two teams finally met, it was on February 4 at Illinois, and the game went into overtime. After losing a 10-point lead in regulation and winning in overtime, the Illini won 87-84. Coleman Hawkins led the Illini with 20 points, while Marcus Domask contributed 19 to the total. Keisei Tominaga of the Cornhuskers scored a career-high 31 points to help his team win.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Prediction

First, we have the Nebraska vs Illinois Betting prediction for the Cornhuskers.

The University of Nebraska is not currently a basketball school, but Fred Hoiberg is working to turn it into one. Rutgers and Michigan were the two teams his Cornhuskers beat to conclude the regular season with double-digit wins. You could claim they beat some bad teams, but after upsetting a red-hot Indiana squad 93-66 as a 5.5-point favorite on Friday, they have now won seven of their last eight games. Keisei Tominaga and Brice Williams each scored 23 points for the Cornhuskers, including four three-pointers. This allowed the Cornhuskers to launch their onslaught. The Nebraska Cornhuskers shot 50% from the field and 14-0f-32 (44%) from long distance. Furthermore, they limited the Hoosiers’ field goal percentage to 35% and long-range shooting to 5 of 25 (25%).

The Huskers are now rated seventh in the most recent bracketology report supplied by Joe Lunardi, despite their unimpressive performance (31st on KenPom and 37th on the NCAA Net Rankings). In terms of seeding, a win here should help them advance to the top of the standings. In addition to leading the team in scoring with 14.6 points and shooting 37.1% from the field, Tominaga is the guard in charge of getting things done. Rienk Mast, a forward, averages 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 43.8% (34.9% from three). This is a dangerous team that other teams will want to avoid in the NCAA tournament. They allow 69.3 points per game on 39.6% shooting (9th) and 31.8% from long range, which ranks them ninth. With a shooting percentage of 45% and a long-range percentage of 35.7%, their offense averages 76.8 points per game.

Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Prediction

Now we have the Nebraska vs Illinois Betting prediction for the Fighting Illini.

Who doesn’t want to compete against Purdue? However, to be the greatest, you must defeat the best. In other words, most teams do not want to face Zach Edey, who has a 7-4 record. This season, Illinois has lost two close games to the Boilermakers. If you overcome them, you will almost probably secure a higher seed than Joe Lunardi now assigns them, which is fourth.

They must first defeat a Nebraska club ranked among the best in the country. On Friday night, the Illini were a 5-point favorite to win their most recent game, against Cinderella Ohio State. The Illini won by a score of 77-74. It was a difficult victory for them to secure because they scored all six of the game’s final points from the free throw line. Terrance Shannon Jr. led the Illini to a game-high 28 points, while Dain Dainja added 18 for the Illini, who rallied after falling behind by 10 points in the second half.

Even the best teams can fall in difficult situations, yet the best teams can still win even when they are not at their peak performance. The Illini did not fare well, shooting only 42% from the field and 27% from long range (four of fifteen). Despite allowing the Buckeyes to shoot 45% from the field, they advanced to the semifinals because to Shannon Jr., who averages 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.9% from the field (34.9% from three). Marcus Domask, a transfer from Southern Illinois, stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds. He produces 16.0 points, 3.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 46% shooting.

Illinois can score against almost any team, as they have a scoring average of 83.9 points (12th) and a field goal percentage of 47.1% (35% three pointers). Their defense is also solid, allowing only 42.9% shooting, but there is cause for concern with their 3-point defense, which only allows 34.7 percent. What is not reason for concern is their rebounding rate, which is 55.9% and ranks sixth in the nation.

Nebraska vs Illinois Betting Pick

Being a fan of this team, especially Tominaga, is really difficult. It’s crucial to remember that this is a legitimate basketball squad that competes on both sides of the court. Furthermore, they have the ability to shoot from three-point range, which the Illini struggle to stop (34%). Illinois has only played one game, and their victory over Ohio State was not particularly noteworthy in their eyes. Nebraska embarrassed an Indiana team who had been playing their best basketball all season in only one game. In their most recent game, on February 4, the Cornhuskers forced the Illini to play overtime away from home. It’s always difficult to pick an Illinois team against a Nebraska club that can shoot from a long distance. Nebraska fired 43% from outside the arc in that game, and beating Illinois is always difficult when you can’t defend the 3-point shot.

  • Nebraska vs Illinois Betting Pick: Cornhuskers to cover.

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