The No. 16 Illinois Fighting Illini host the Syracuse Orange as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Illinois is favored by 12.5 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 144 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows Illinois is in the top 20 of the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. Illinois is also holding opponents to 42.1% shooting inside the arc, and the Illini are forcing a turnover on more than 25% of defensive possessions. That includes a 13.6% steal rate, and Illinois also has a 12.8% block rate. The model also knows Syracuse has a pair of guards averaging more than 15 points per game in Judah Mintz and Joseph Girard III. The Orange lead the country in avoiding blocked shots, with only 2.7% of shots rejected, and Syracuse has a solid 17.0% turnover rate on offense. The Orange also create second-chance opportunities by securing 31.5% of available offensive rebounds.
Now, it has set its sights on Illinois vs. Syracuse. We can tell you the model is leaning Over the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60% of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any college basketball picks.
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