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Illinois vs Maryland NCAAB Predictions: Illini Get Revenge ATS

The No. 14 Illinois Fighting Illini (18-6) look to hold the No. 2 spot in the Big Ten when they travel to College Park to face the Maryland Terrapins (14-11) on Saturday, Feb. 17. The game tips off at 5:30 p.m. ET at XFINITY Center and will be aired on FOX. Illinois sits as a 2 1/2-point road favorite in a game that features an over/under of 139½.


Illinois vs. Maryland NCAAB Predictions: Illini Get Revenge ATS

Illinois vs Maryland Game Information

  1. Game: Illinois (18-6, 9-4) vs Maryland (14-11, 6-8)
  2. Date/Time: Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m. ET
  3. Location: XFINITY Center, College Park, MD
  4. Illinois vs Maryland Live Stream: TBS.com

Saturday provides several interesting betting spots for college basketball, and among the noteworthy matchups in NCAA basketball tonight is a Big Ten game featuring eams needing victories for different reasons. While Illinois is 9-4 in conference play, the Illini hold the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten by a half-game over Wisconsin (9-5), and behind is Northwestern and Michigan State (both 8-6).

Maryland sits in the middle of the pack with a 6-8 conference record, but a victory could push it into the top seven or eight if the chips fall the Terps’ way. A loss would be tough on the Terrapins, who could sit as low as No. 11 or 12 and could face a daunting task with the conference tournament looming.

Illinois vs Maryland Odds and Spread

Illinois Fighting Illini: -2½ (-110)

Maryland Terrapins: +2½ (-110)

Over/under: 139½

  1. Maryland is 2-3 ATS in the last five games
  2. The over is 1-4 in Maryland’s last five games
  3. The over is 4-1 in Illinois’ last five games
  4. Maryland is 4-6 in the last 10 games as an underdog
  5. Illinois is 8-2 in the last 10 games as a favorite
  6. Maryland is 6-9 ATS at home this season
  7. Illinois is 6-2 ATS on the road this season
  8. The over is 7-1 in road games for Illinois this year

Taking Over 139½ When Illinois Meets Maryland

While Maryland’s defense has been impressive, allowing 63.8 points per game, it faces a tall task against a high-scoring Illinois team that averages 83 points per game. The last time these teams met, they combined to score 143 points in an upset by the Terrapins 76-67. I think this game goes a bit higher than that mark still, and we clear the over of 139½ in a solid spot.

Taking Illinois -2 1/2 vs. Maryland

Not only is Illinois attempting to hang on to the No. 2 spot in the Big Ten, but the Illini have revenge on their mind after Maryland pulled off the upset in January. Illinois has gone 6-2 since that loss while Maryland has been unable to parlay the impressive road victory into continuous success. The Terrapins have gone 3-5 since and dropped three of the last four games.

Illinois has thrived on the moneyline when they’re a college basketball betting favorite this season, and I think they clear the spread of -2 1/2, winning by 6-8 points against Maryland.

Illinois’ Moneyline vs Maryland an Appealing Play at -140

While I have no issue laying the points with Illinois here, there’s some appeal to taking the Illini on the moneyline if you want to avoid the risk of a tight finish. Their moneyline odds are -140 and the odds make it a solid play to just bet them straight. They’re 16-3 when favored, and I expect they even up the season series with Maryland.

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Illinois vs Maryland Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini 79 Maryland Terrapins 72

Questions of the Day

Which team is better defensively between Illinois and Maryland?

While Illinois has allowed 70.3 points per game this season, Maryland has found its success defensively, giving up 63.8 points on average.

Which player is most likely to post a double-double when Illinois plays Maryland?

Maryland forward Julian Reese has put together a strong season, averaging 13.4 points and 10.1 rebounds. He’s pulled down double-digit rebounds in three straight games and four of the last five. He’s also posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting against Illinois.

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