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How To Bet On Illinois Nebraska – Fighting Illini Look To Snap Skid As They Head To Nebraska

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/21/2013 6:09:04 PM

The No. 23 Illinois Fighting Illini appeared poised to put up big numbers in 2013. That was before their Big Ten schedule got underway. After winning 13 of their first 14 games to open the year, the Fighting Illini haven’t put up much of a fight in five conference games going 1-4 against Big Ten opponents to fall to 10th out of 12 sports betting teams. Next up is one of the two teams actually below them in the conference standings, although a loss at Nebraska on Tuesday would push them to within one more loss of the Big Ten basement.

#23 Illinois Fighting Illini @ Nebraska Cornhuskers
Tuesday January 22, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
College Basketball Sportsbook Line: Illinois – 1.5

The difference is that Nebraska has one more loss than Illinois to this point, although they have four fewer wins overall and their only Big Ten win came against a Penn State team that is winless in six conference games. The Cornhuskers don’t appear on paper to be capable of scoring this upset, but then again neither did Northwestern.

College Basketball Betting Preview: Illinois

The Fighting Illini have followed a 12-0 start by losing five of their last seven, and frustrations boiled over in last weeks’ loss to Northwestern in a game that wasn’t close from the beginning. Coach John Groce received a technical after complaining to officials, but it was his team defense that really set him up as the Wildcats built a 21-12 lead. Northwestern hit eight of its 15 three-point attempts as the Fighting Illini struggled defending the perimeter, while struggling to take care of business at the other end of the floor aside from leading scorer Brandon Paul, who dropped a game-high 21 points.

College Basketball Betting Preview: Nebraska

Nebraska doesn’t have the shooting numbers that will scare opponents at this point, averaging just 58.6 points per game on 41-percent shooting from the field this season. Junior guard Ray Gallegos and senior guard Dylan Talley have led the way in scoring with each averaging just over 12 points per game, but both are shooting under 40-percent and the Cornhuskers don’t have the depth to make up for their lack of efficiency. Nebraska has allowed opponents to score 62 or more points in each of its last three losses, two of which ended in double-digit defeats.

College Basketball Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Illinois won’t scare anyone the way they are playing right now and it won’t get any easier with a tough Big Ten schedule, which makes this online betting contest that much more important. The Fighing Illini have the scoring talent to overwhelm Nebraska, particularly if Paul gets hot, so look for Illinois to end its losing skid and begin preparing for a much tougher test when they host the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines this coming weekend.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Illinois

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