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How and what to watch for No. 6 Illinois vs. Nebraska

The Illini and Huskers battle in what could be a fun conference matchup in spite of how bad Nebraska is.

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Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn celebrates with guard Da’Monte Williams and guard Ayo Dosunmu during the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers at State Farm Center.  Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 6-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini will be trying to keep their win streak going when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.

The Fighting Illini (13-5, 9-3 Big Ten) heads into this conference matchup off of a 15-point victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. Illinois has won four-straight games, with their last defeat happening on Jan. 16 against Ohio State. The Illini are averaging 81.8 points per game and only allowing 68.8 points per game on the defensive end. Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu is a player to watch as he is producing a team-leading 21.2 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field.

Nebraska (4-11, 0-8 Big Ten) is pretty terrible and can’t shoot, but they also do it pretty quickly as the 26th-highest team in adjusted tempo. After taking more than a three-week break for COVID, they still haven’t been able to put it together. They shoot just 63.0% from the free throw line, and only 30.4% from three-point range. Forward Teddy Allen is the catalyst and is Top 20 in usage rate in the country, but that’s not a great sign when you shoot just 45% from the floor and 36% from downtown.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Illinois vs. Nebraska on Friday, February 11th at 9:00 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, or you can watch via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the Fox Sports Go app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Illinois -15
Point Total: 148
Money line: Illinois -1667, Nebraska +900

  • Illinois is 12-6 against the spread this year, while Nebraska is just 5-9.
  • The total has been under in seven of the last nine for the Illini, and 10 of 13 for the Huskers.

The Best Bet

Nebraska is pretty terrible right now, but they tend not to get blown out at home. They haven’t lost a home game by more than 13 all year, and Illinois tends to go through stretches where they don’t play as the most focused team. Fifteen points is just too many, but the Illini should still be victorious.

Pick: Nebraska +15

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