Illinois @ Maryland
Current Records: Illinois 13-4; Maryland 9-9
What to Know
The #17 Illinois Fighting Illini have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. Illinois and the Maryland Terrapins will face off in a Big Ten battle at 7 p.m. ET Friday at Xfinity Center. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.
The Fighting Illini came up short against the Purdue Boilermakers on Monday, falling 96-88. One thing holding Illinois back was the mediocre play of guard Jacob Grandison, who did not have his best game: he finished with only eight points on 3-for-10 shooting in his 29 minutes on the court.
Meanwhile, the game between Maryland and the Michigan Wolverines on Tuesday was not particularly close, with Maryland falling 83-64. The top scorer for Maryland was guard Eric Ayala (22 points).
Illinois is the favorite in this one, with an expected 7.5-point margin of victory. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with the Fighting Illini, who are 9-8 against the spread.
The losses put Illinois at 13-4 and Maryland at 9-9. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Illinois is stumbling into the matchup with the 29th fewest takeaways in college basketball, having accrued only 11.1 on average. Marylands have had an even harder time: they are 21st worst in college basketball in takeaways, with only 10.8 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Xfinity Center -- College Park, Maryland
- TV: Fox Sports 1
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $46.73
The Fighting Illini are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Terrapins, 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 7.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Maryland have won seven out of their last nine games against Illinois.
- Jan 06, 2022 - Illinois 76 vs. Maryland 64
- Jan 10, 2021 - Maryland 66 vs. Illinois 63
- Feb 07, 2020 - Maryland 75 vs. Illinois 66
- Dec 07, 2019 - Maryland 59 vs. Illinois 58
- Jan 26, 2019 - Illinois 78 vs. Maryland 67
- Dec 03, 2017 - Maryland 92 vs. Illinois 91
- Jan 14, 2017 - Maryland 62 vs. Illinois 56
- Dec 27, 2016 - Maryland 84 vs. Illinois 59
- Mar 03, 2016 - Maryland 81 vs. Illinois 55