Halftime Report

After a tough loss on the road their last time out, Illinois looks much better today on their home court. They have jumped out to a quick 44-43 lead against Iowa. The finale is shaping up to be a lot like these teams' last head-to-head, which was decided by just two points.

Illinois came into the match with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Iowa Hawkeyes @ Illinois Fighting Illini

Current Records: Iowa 16-11, Illinois 19-7

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Iowa and the Fighting Illini are an even 5-5 against one another since February of 2018, but not for long. Both teams will face off in a Big Ten battle at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at State Farm Center. Iowa pulled off an upset win in their last outing, and are hoping to pull that off once more against the 9.5-point favorite Fighting Illini.

Michigan State typically has all the answers at home, but on Tuesday Iowa proved too difficult a challenge. They walked away with a 78-71 victory over the Spartans. The win made it back-to-back wins for Iowa.

Multiple players turned in solid performances to lead Iowa to victory, but perhaps none more so than Ben Krikke, who dropped a double-double on 18 points and 14 rebounds. Krikke didn't help Iowa's cause all that much against the Badgers on Saturday but the same can't be said for this matchup. Another player making a difference was Payton Sandfort, who scored 22 points along with six rebounds.

Meanwhile, the point spread may have favored Illinois last Wednesday, but the final result did not. They lost 90-89 to the Nittany Lions on a last-minute free throw From Zach Hicks. Despite running the score up even higher than they did in their prior game on Saturday (85), Illinois still had to take the loss.

Despite the loss, Illinois got a solid performance out of Terrence Shannon Jr., who dropped a double-double on 35 points and 11 rebounds. As a matter of fact, that's the most points Shannon Jr. has scored all season.

Even though they lost, Illinois smashed the offensive glass and finished the game with 19 offensive rebounds. They easily outclassed their opponents in that department as Penn State only pulled down five offensive rebounds.

The Hawkeyes' win ended a three-game drought on the road and puts them at 16-11. As for the Fighting Illini, their defeat dropped their record down to 19-7.

Some high-performance offense is likely on the agenda as the two teams are some of the highest scoring teams in the league. Iowa hasn't had any problem running up the score this season, having averaged 83.4 points per game. However, it's not like Illinois struggles in that department as they've been averaging 83.3 points per game. With both teams so easily able to put up points, the only question left is who can run the score up higher.

Iowa skirted past the Fighting Illini 81-79 in their previous matchup back in February of 2023. The rematch might be a little tougher for Iowa since the team won't have the home-court advantage this time around. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.


Illinois is a big 9.5-point favorite against Iowa, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The oddsmakers are expecting fireworks from the offense and set the over/under at a high 167 points.

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Series History

Illinois and Iowa both have 5 wins in their last 10 games.

  • Feb 04, 2023 - Iowa 81 vs. Illinois 79
  • Mar 06, 2022 - Illinois 74 vs. Iowa 72
  • Dec 06, 2021 - Illinois 87 vs. Iowa 83
  • Mar 13, 2021 - Illinois 82 vs. Iowa 71
  • Jan 29, 2021 - Illinois 80 vs. Iowa 75
  • Mar 08, 2020 - Illinois 78 vs. Iowa 76
  • Feb 02, 2020 - Iowa 72 vs. Illinois 65
  • Mar 14, 2019 - Iowa 83 vs. Illinois 62
  • Jan 20, 2019 - Iowa 95 vs. Illinois 71
  • Feb 28, 2018 - Iowa 96 vs. Illinois 87