The West Virginia Mountaineers and Illinois Fighting Illini clash in the preseason NIT at the Barclays Center Thursday. Bettors may want to keep an eye on the spread, as West Virginia is 13-3 SU and 12-4 ATS in their past 16 games as favorites of 8.5 or less, the line at the time of this writing.
- West Virginia is 5-2 SU and ATS in their last 7 games against teams with winning records.
- Illinois is 2-11 SU in their last 13 games against teams with winning records.
- Illinois is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 8.5 or less.
West Virginia is a perfect 3-0, but it may be hard to put much stock in three victories over mid-majors. The Mountaineers three games (against Mouth St. Mary’s, Mississippi Valley State and New Hampshire) have seen them outscore opponents by an average of 42.7 points. Five WVU players are averaging double-digit points with senior Nathan Adrian pacing the team with 13.3.
Illinois’ offense has been red-hot to start the season, as the Illini have averaged 88.2 points through their first five games. Senior Malcolm Hill has continued to be the most important player to the Illini with the guard averaging 20.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, both of which lead the team.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The West Virginia Mountaineers were listed as -9-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds – Shark
earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs West Virginia Mountaineers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Illinois Fighting Illini have watched them go 4-1 and 2-2 ATS on the college basketball season, while the West Virginia Mountaineers are at 3-0 and 1-0 ATS. In totals betting, the West Virginia Mountaineers are 0-1, while the Illinois Fighting Illini have a 1-3 mark.
It’s a betting matchup between the No. 44-rated West Virginia Mountaineers and the No. 183-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds – Shark
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Illinois suffered a 84-80 loss against Winthrop on Monday, getting 18 points from Michael Finke in a losing effort at State Farm Center.
The battle between the Mountaineers and Wildcats didnt turn out to be much of a battle at all as New Hampshire was handed a 100-41 defeat on Sunday at WVU Colliseum.
- Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- West Virginia is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Next Betting Matchups
Illinois home to North Carolina State, Tuesday, November 29th
West Virginia at Manhattan, Monday, November 28th