Arizona Wildcats At Illinois Fighting Illini: College Basketball Preview And Insights – December 11, 2021

Written By Staff on December 10, 2021 - Last Updated on July 21, 2022

A pair of streaking teams hit the court when the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats (8-0) visit the Illinois Fighting Illini (7-2) on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET. The Wildcats are 2-point favorites and put their eight-game win streak on the line against the Fighting Illini, who have won five straight. The matchup has an over/under of 153.5.

Game facts: Arizona at Illinois

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Game Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Arena: State Farm Center

Key players for Arizona

  • Bennedict Mathurin leads the Wildcats in scoring, racking up 17.0 points per game.
  • Kerr Kriisa leads Arizona with 5.3 assists per game and Christian Koloko paces the squad with 6.9 rebounds per matchup.
  • The Wildcats are led by Kriisa from beyond the arc. He hits 2.9 shots from deep per game.
  • Dalen Terry leads the team with 1.5 steals per game. Koloko collects 3.3 blocks a game to pace Arizona.

Arizona’s last game vs Wyoming

In their last game, Arizona defeated Wyoming, 94-65 on December 8, 2021. The Wildcats covered the spread (-16.5) and the game went over the total (151.0). The top players from the game, including Bennedict Mathurin, are shown in the table below.

*Stat Leader for Last Game
Player Points Rebounds Assists FG 3P
Bennedict Mathurin 24* 10* 5 10-16 2-6
Kerr Kriisa 17 1 5 6-12 5-10*
Azuolas Tubelis 17 8 1 7-12 0-3

Key players for Illinois

  • Da’Monte Williams grabs 6.3 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game, and 3.9 points per game, putting him in the top spot on the Fighting Illini in both rebounds and assists.
  • Alfonso Plummer holds the title of Illinois’ top scorer by putting up 15.8 points per game.
  • Plummer is tops from three-point range for the Fighting Illini, knocking down 3.1 treys per game.
  • One Illinois player is its leader in both steals and blocks. Coleman Hawkins averages 1.4 steals per game and 1.1 blocks per game.

Illinois’ last game vs Iowa

Illinois defeated Iowa, 87-83 in their last game on December 6, 2021. The Fighting Illini failed to cover the spread (+3.5) and the game went over the total (151.5). Here are the box scores for the top players in Illinois’ last game.

*Stat Leader for Last Game
Player Points Rebounds Assists FG 3P
Jacob Grandison 21* 3 2 6-14 4-9*
Kofi Cockburn 17 18* 0 6-12 0-0
Alfonso Plummer 21 2 1 6-11 4-8

Arizona insights

  • This season, the Wildcats have a 49.6% shooting percentage from the field, which is 10.1% higher than the 39.5% of shots the Fighting Illini’s opponents have made.
  • Arizona has a 6-0 record against the spread and an 8-0 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 39.5% from the field.
  • The Wildcats record 91.6 points per game, 25.7 more points than the 65.9 the Fighting Illini give up.
  • Arizona is 6-0 against the spread and 8-0 overall when scoring more than 65.9 points.
  • The Wildcats and the Fighting Illini rebound at about the same rate, with the Wildcats averaging 1.0 more rebound per game.
  • When Arizona earns the rebounding advantage they are 6-2-0 against the spread. When recording fewer boards, Illinois is 0-1-0.

Bet on Arizona at Illinois

Arizona vs Illinois Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Arizona -2 153.5 100 -120 -135 115

Arizona betting history

  • This season, Arizona and its opponents have combined to outscore Saturday’s over/under of 153.5 points five times.
  • Arizona has put together a record of 6-2-0 against the spread this season.
  • In games they were favored in by 2 points or more so far this season, the Wildcats went 6-1 against the spread.
  • The Wildcats have won all seven of the games they have been favored on the moneyline this season.
  • Arizona has played in seven games as a moneyline favorite with odds of -135 or shorter and won each time.

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Game prediction

Spread Pick Arizona (-2)
Total Pick Under (153.5)
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