The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Maryland Terrapins are set to square off in a Big Ten matchup at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at the State Farm Center. The Fighting Illini are 10-3 overall and 6-1 at home, while Maryland is 8-5 overall and 0-1 on the road. Maryland has won seven of the last eight head-to-head meetings between these teams.
The Fighting Illini are favored by 11 points in the latest Illinois vs. Maryland odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 141.5. Before entering any Maryland vs. Illinois picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Illinois vs. Maryland spread: Illinois -11
- Illinois vs. Maryland over-under: 142 points
Featured Game | Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Maryland Terrapins
What you need to know about Illinois
Illinois improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play with its 76-53 blowout win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Star big man Kofi Cockburn led the Fighting Illini with 29 points and 10 rebounds. He is averaging a double-double this season, scoring 22.5 points and grabbing 11.9 boards per game.
Senior guard Alfonso Plummer is scoring 16.8 points, while Jacob Grandison and Trent Frazier are both in double figures as well. Illinois has now won eight of its last nine games and has covered the spread in six of its last seven. The Fighting Illini are also on a 10-game winning streak against conference opponents.
What you need to know about Maryland
Maryland was within striking distance against Iowa on Monday, but the Hawkeyes pulled out the 80-75 win in the end. The Terrapins received a solid effort from guard Eric Ayala, who shot 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points. Ayala leads the team with 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
It has been a balanced effort for Maryland, though, as there are five players scoring at least 9.5 points per game. The Terrapins are currently playing under interim coach Danny Manning following the resignation of head coach Mark Turgeon on Dec. 3. They have come away with a win in five of their last six trips to Illinois.
How to make Illinois vs. Maryland picks
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