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College basketball picks and predictions for Friday's Illinois vs. Michigan Big Ten matchup. Matt McCuen gives us his favorite bet for tonight here.

College Basketball Picks: Illinois vs. Michigan Best Bet

It is time for another college basketball slate, and it is finally Friday! That means we get some weekend basketball, and it’s time to kick back and enjoy these games. The Friday slate is fairly small, with a massive slate on Saturday. I was able to find one play I love for us tonight. We are coming off a split after App State broke our hearts last night, winning the game by one but not covering the two-point spread. The matchup I am looking at for tonight’s game will concern a pair of teams from the Big Ten.

Illinois vs. Michigan Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: FS1

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Illinois vs. Michigan Prediction

The Michigan Wolverines will travel to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Michigan enters this game sporting a record of 7-6 on the season and is seen as one of the most disappointing teams to this point in the season. This is a team that was expected to compete for the big ten and be a potential national championship team. The Wolverines, led by head coach Juwan Howard are coming off one of their best years in team history last season. The Wolverines have struggled this season to get any momentum and are coming off a bad conference loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. They will look to get back on track against a very talented Illini bunch. Illinois comes into this game sporting an overall record of 12-3, which is good enough to be ranked twenty-five in the nation. Illinois presents one of the best big men in the conference in Kofi Cockburn, who is averaging 22 points per game. He will be matched up with big man Hunter Dickinson who is also one of the best big men in all of the nation. Illinois will look to keep it rolling at home and beat up on this struggling Michigan bunch. The spread for this game is -10 in favor of Illinois.

The play I am turning to in this game is going to be to back the heavy dog in the Michigan wolverines. I understand this Is a scary play because the wolverines have been horrible as of late but let me get into why I love them tonight. The first reason is that this is a desperate team, and I love betting on a team that’s going to play with their hair on fire. This is an experienced bunch, so I do not see the fact they are on the road as a big enough reason for them to be a double-digit dog. The experience this team has should favor them in this road spot. If this was a young team, I would understand the line more, but they are made up of a lot of experienced leaders and a great coach. The last reason is I believe hunter Dickinson can cancel out Cockburn tonight. These are two of the best big men in all of the nation, let alone the big ten, and I don’t think Illinois holds their normal advantage in the paint tonight. I could see a Michigan outright winner, but I love them with the points in this spot on the road. Let’s cash in on the heavy dog tonight!

Illinois vs. Michigan Pick

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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