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    The No. 8 seed Arkansas Razorbacks (20-13) are a 2.5-point favorite in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against the No. 9 seed Illinois Fighting Illini (20-12) on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena. The matchup starts at 4:30 PM on TBS. Here are insights into this West Region 8-9 matchup to help you fill out your bracket.

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    How do I watch Razorbacks vs. Fighting Illini?

    • Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
    • Game Time: 4:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: TBS
    • Location: Des Moines, Iowa
    • Arena: Wells Fargo Arena

    Betting Lines for Razorbacks vs. Fighting Illini

    Arkansas vs Illinois Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Total
    Arkansas -2.5 144

    Arkansas Betting Stats & Information

    • Arkansas has put together an 18-6 record in games when it was listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 75% of those games).
    • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -149 or shorter, the Razorbacks have an 18-4 record (winning 81.8% of their games).
    • The Razorbacks’ ATS record is 15-16-2 this season.
    • The Fighting Illini are a perfect 5-0 against the spread when an underdog by 2.5 points or more this year.
    • Arkansas’ average point total in matchups this season is 141.8, 2.2 points fewer than the total in this game.

    Illinois Betting Stats & Info

    • This season, Illinois has been the underdog six times and won two of those games.
    • The Fighting Illini are 5-3 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +127 or more on the moneyline.
    • The Fighting Illini are 18-14-0 against the spread this year.
    • The Fighting Illini are 5-0 against the spread when an underdog by 2.5 points or more this year.
    • The average total for Illinois’ games this season is 2.4 fewer points than the point total of 144 in this outing.

    Arkansas vs. Illinois Season Stat Comparison

    Arkansas Rank Arkansas AVG Illinois AVG Illinois Rank
    118th 74.4 Points Scored 74.7 110th
    98th 67.4 Points Allowed 67 85th
    139th 32.4 Rebounds 35.5 23rd
    165th 8.7 Off. Rebounds 10.2 43rd
    347th 5.1 3pt Made 7.7 139th
    150th 13.4 Assists 12.5 225th
    245th 12.5 Turnovers 12.4 232nd

    This Matchup’s Impact Players

    Arkansas Razorbacks Leaders

    • Ricky Council IV leads the Razorbacks in scoring, tallying 15.9 points per game to go with 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
    • Arkansas’ leading rebounder is Makhi Mitchell averaging 5.5 boards per game and its best passer is Anthony Black and his 4.2 assists per game.
    • The Razorbacks get the most three-point shooting production out of Davonte Davis, who knocks down 1.3 threes per game.

    Illinois Fighting Illini Leaders

    • Coleman Hawkins has racked up 6.3 rebounds and three assists per game, putting him atop the Fighting Illini leaderboards in those categories.
    • Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. averages 17.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, making him the top scorer on the squad.
    • Matthew Mayer is reliable from distance and leads the Fighting Illini with 2.1 made threes per game.

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