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    Big Ten opponents square off when the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-4, 0-2 Big Ten) visit the Northwestern Wildcats (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten) at Welsh-Ryan Arena, starting at 9:00 PM ET on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. The Wildcats are 2.5-point underdogs in the game. The matchup’s point total is set at 131.5.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Fighting Illini vs. Wildcats

    • Game Day: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
    • Location: Evanston, Illinois
    • Arena: Welsh-Ryan Arena
    Illinois vs Northwestern Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Total
    Illinois -2.5 131.5

    Illinois Betting Stats & Information

    • Illinois has a 4-3 record in games when it was listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 57.1% of those games).
    • The Fighting Illini have not played a game this season with moneyline odds of -144 or shorter.
    • The Fighting Illini have a 7-6-0 record against the spread this season.
    • In games they have played as at least 2.5-point underdogs this year, the Wildcats are 2-1 against the spread.
    • The average point total in Illinois’ games this year is 10.3 more points than the total of 131.5 in this matchup.

    Northwestern Betting Stats & Info

    • Northwestern has been underdogs in three games this season and won one (33.3%) of those contests.
    • The Wildcats have not been a bigger underdog this season than the +120 moneyline set for this game.
    • So far this season, the Wildcats have compiled a 7-6-0 record against the spread.
    • The Wildcats have a 2-1 record against the spread in games they were an underdog by 2.5 points or more this year.
    • The average over/under for Northwestern’s games this season is 7.2 fewer points than the point total of 131.5 for this outing.

    Illinois vs. Northwestern Season Stat Comparison

    Illinois Rank Illinois AVG Northwestern AVG Northwestern Rank
    61st 78.1 Points Scored 67.3 298th
    59th 63.7 Points Allowed 57 8th
    31st 36.6 Rebounds 36.2 42nd
    42nd 10.9 Off. Rebounds 10 91st
    44th 9.1 3pt Made 8.1 115th
    126th 14.3 Assists 13.8 159th
    335th 14.9 Turnovers 10.6 38th

    This Matchup’s Impact Players

    Illinois Fighting Illini Leaders

    • Coleman Hawkins leads the Fighting Illini in rebounds and assists. Hawkins averages 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.
    • Terrence Shannon Jr. leads Illinois in scoring, averaging 17.8 per game to go with 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
    • Shannon makes more threes per game than any other member of the Fighting Illini, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.9 per contest.

    Northwestern Wildcats Leaders

    • Chase Audige is the top scorer for the Wildcats with 15.4 points per game. He also adds 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game to his scoring output.
    • Matthew Nicholson puts up a stat line of 6.8 rebounds, 6.2 points and 1.2 assists per game for Northwestern to take the top rebound spot on the team. Boo Buie has the top spot for assists with 4.2 per game, adding 13.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing.
    • Audige is reliable from deep and leads the Wildcats with 2.2 made threes per game.
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