A big-time matchup in Seattle is in store for these top-25
teams. Take a look to see who will come
out on top between these two teams who are competing at the top of their
Despite losing to some tough teams, don’t overlook either
team in this matchup. NCAAB sportsbooks
will likely favor Illinois – who I think should pick up the win – but Gonzaga
is certainly dangerous, especially with the home-court advantage.
Sportsbooks currently do not have NCAA Basketball betting
odds for this matchup. Once they are
available look for them to show up in this article.
#21 Illinois Fighting
Illini (7-1 Overall)
With some important leadership and talent Illinois may just
have enough to take care of business in Washington.
Look for further than Demetri McCarney. He leads the team in both points (15.3) and
assists (7.8) per game, hitting 52.3% from the field – including 16-of-31 from
3-point range this season.
Percentages are strong for Illinois. Not only are they 25th in the
country with a 49.7% from the field, four of their top five scorers – at 10
points per game or more – are shooting at least 50%.
In the last game they were favored by six against North
Carolina, where they pulled out the victory, 79-67. The inside-outside tandem of McCarney and
Mike Tisdale/Mike Davis was strong, scoring 51 of the team’s points.
With only a loss to now-#20 Texas a couple of weeks ago,
look for a strong game for the Illini.
#24 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Losing to #19 San Diego State and #5 Kansas State, Gonzaga
will look for an important home win against their third (Sand Diego State was
previously unranked) ranked opponent this season.
Expected to be among
the top in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga guard Steven Gray will need a
good game for a Bulldogs win. He is
leading the team with 21.7 points, adding 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.8
steals per game. He’s also shooting the
ball well at 51.8% from the field.
Ranked 23rd in field goal percentages with 49.7%
(same as Illinois), Gonzaga is shooting the ball well. Of the eight players averaging five points or
more per game, five are shooting at least 50%.
Coming off of the 86-57 victory over Eastern Washington, the
three previous games are worrying. The
two losses with the subsequent three-point victory against Marquette may be a
cause for concern – as Gonzaga looks to get things going smoothly with Elias
Harris now healthy.
Despite the home-court advantage, I like the leadership and
play of the Illini. With a small spread
I’ll take the Big Ten power away from home – though Gonzaga could rally for an
These teams have high scoring averages per game, so keep a
close eye on the total from NCAAB odds makers in what could be a fast-paced
Look for other college basketball
betting previews from SBR. The NCAAB
Handicapping Forum and live odds also
are a worthwhile stop to get ready for betting odds.
Who do you think will come out on top? Will Illinois get the big win on the road or
can the Zags make a home stand?