On Saturday, something has to give as nationally-ranked Gonzaga travels to Champaign to face Illinois, who have a good shot to breaking into the top 25.
If you’re following the NFL schedule, you’ll know that Green Bay is the only team in the league who is undefeated, but in college hoops teams can go without a loss for the first month of the season as they schedule soft to give their teams time to get.
Gonzaga (5-0) vs. Illinois (7-0)
When: 3:15 PM ET, Saturday, December 3, 2011
Where: Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois
Odds: Illinois -2.5, O/U 134 (-110)
Bulldogs vs. Illini Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
*CBB ATS Matchup Report*
NCAA Basketball Odds – Battle Of Undefeated Teams Looming In Champaign
The No.18 Bulldogs (5-0) raced out to a hot start and cruised to a 73-53 romp over Notre Dame in Spokane, as they held the Fighting Irish to 38.5% from the field and had a +10 edge on the boards.
Robert Sacre posted 15 points, five rebounds and three assists, but sportsbook.com reviews of this game would tell you that Elias Harris have stolen some of his thunder with 11 points and 15 boards of his own.
Price per head bookmaking companies that help sportsbooks set their lines have the Bulldogs rated as a solid darkhorse in the national-title race, but they’re a consistent program that set the bar for mid-majors and this year’s squad could get to Championship Monday with a few breaks.
The Fighting Illini (7-0) had their first road game of the season and escaped College Park with a 71-62 win over Maryland, using a 40-27 second-half edge as the fuel. Sam Maniscalco poured in 24 points, nailing five of eight three-point attempts, while Brandon Paul netted 17 points for Illinois, who also outrebounded the Terrapins 34-27.
It’s going to be a tough year in the Big Ten with Ohio State and Wisconsin out in front of the rest of the pack, but the Illinois have a big chance to raise their profile with pay per head companies who help set the lines if they can pull off a victory over a ranked team.
College basketball odds should favor the Illini slightly at home, and they’ve been tough on the Bulldogs, going 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in their last four against Gonzaga.
Illinois was the home team in three meetings, going 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS, and they have a great mix for the college game: a team with experience (one senior, two juniors) and youth (two sophomores), although they’re not very deep.
The guard combination of Maniscalco and Richardson would give any backcourt in the country trouble and they’ll be on their game against the Bulldogs. But Illinois must also have a team effort on the glass as the Bulldogs have the edge in the post. Take Illinois to pull off the NCAA basketball betting upset.
Under is 13-5 in GONZ last 18 non-conference games.
Over is 7-3 in GONZ last 10 vs. Big Ten.
Under is 9-3-1 in ILL last 13 non-conference games.
Under is 6-2-1 in ILL last 9 overall.
Over is 16-7 in ILL last 23 Sat. games.