The Maryland Terrapins will play host to the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both squads. Illinois managed to win four matches to start the season, including a huge victory 79-70 over UCLA. After being taken down by Virginia 70-61, the Fighting Illini are now on a winning streak after beating Lindenwood 92-59 and Syracuse 73-44.
Illinois went 23-10 last season before losing to Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This season the squad has high expectations again, even though its top-3 scorers were not with the program last season. Illinois was selected to finish second in the preseason conference media poll.
This season, the Illini are 17th in the country when it comes to the ratings. They also are ninth in defensive efficiency, while also being 39th on offense. The Texas Tech transfer Terrence Shannon Jr is leading the team with 19.9 points per game and is tied with Baylor transfer Dain Dainja for 6.3 rebounds. Dainja is also scoring 11.6 points per game, while Freshman Jayden averages 11 of his own.
On the other hand, after going 15-17 last season, the Maryland Terrapins were voted 10th in the preseason Big Ten media poll. Maryland has now exceeded early expectations, as they are currently 20th in the ratings. They also are 17th in adjusted offensive and 33rd in adjusted defensive, while the strength of the schedule is 288th.
The Terrapins have beaten every opponent that has been placed in front of them so far by 16 points or more, and are coming off a 79-54 victory over Louisville. Maryland can be considered a balanced team, with four of their players averaging more than 13 points per game. Donta Scott is leading the way with 15.9 ppg and 6.4 rebounds, as he is playing his fourth season for the program.
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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Maryland Terrapins Game Information
- Date: 12/02/2022
- Time: 09:00 PM ET
- Location: XFINITY Center, College Park, MD.
- How to Watch Illinois vs Maryland: BTN
- Live Stream: CBS.com
Illinois vs Maryland Betting Lines
Illinois is +105 according to our Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $69.On the other side, Maryland is -125 according to the Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $80.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Illinois at a 48.78% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Maryland has 55.56% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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