Against The Spread Pick
The red-hot Illini continue their tough road trip in the Big Ten with a chance to take the lead in the standings, as they visit Crisler Center for a clash with the Wolverines. Illinois has been on a roll since their last visit to the state of Michigan, winning five-straight games. Michigan meanwhile has really had a rough stretch without Isaiah Livers in the line-up. The Wolverines have struggled so much that they are 1-4 in their last five games. That also includes three straight losses. They are also coming off just their second home loss of the season, as Penn State was able to pick up a big road win. Illinois is coming off a major road victory, as they were able to take down Purdue at Mackey Arena, for the season sweep of the Boilermakers. Michigan has won seven of the last 10 meetings along with covering the spread in six of those games. Illinois -4 is a good play here.
Over Under Pick
Michigan has had plenty of struggles in recent games, yet they have battled to an average around 77 points per game. Illinois has also been a quite capable offensive team. The Illini have scored over 70 points in three of their last four games. The Wolverines few games have been some high scoring match-ups, that saw them combine for over 135 points or more. Four of Michigan’s last five games have resulted in over totals. With both teams capable of scoring around 70 points, a bet on the over 138.5 total is the smart play.