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Pick against the spread, over/under for Illinois-Michigan on Sunday

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Sunday’s college basketball matchup between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Michigan Wolverines

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Illinois Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The past seven days have been a roller coaster for Michigan and enter Sunday with Phil Marteli on the sidelines for the suspended Juwan Howard at home against Illinois.

Illinois Fighting Illini (-1, 141.5) vs Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines defeated Rutgers 71-62 in Marteli’s first game filling in for Howard, who has no shortage of coaching experience as he spent 24 seasons at St. Joseph’s with 444 wins in that run.

This is also a revenge spot for a Michigan bunch that lost to Illinois 68-53 in a game that had the Wolverines shorthanded due to health and safety protocols with top scorer Hunter Dickinson out of the lineup that night.

Even with Dickinson in the fold though, Michigan is 196th in the country in points allowed on a per possession basis with an interior defense that is 222nd in opponent 2-point shooting percentage.

Illinois should exploit Michigan’s deficiencies inside the arc as they have Wooden Award candidate Kofi Cockburn averaging 21.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game for a team that is ninth in the country in rebound rate away from home and 15th in opponent 2-point shooting percentage.

Even with Marteli’s experience on the sidelines, a Michigan team that is 340th in the country in turnovers forced on a per possession basis will not be able to overcome Illinois’ immovable object in Cockburn or put pressure on a backcourt that involves Jacob Grandison and Alfonso Plummer both shooting over 40% from 3-point range.

The Play: Illinois -1