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UCLA vs Illinois Prediction, Odds and College Basketball Betting Picks

In a top 25 matchup, the UCLA Bruins will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas apart of the Continental Tire Main Event tournament. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball odds, picks, betting trends and KenPom rankings, then give our UCLA vs Illinois prediction for the game today.

UCLA vs Illinois Game Info

No. 8 UCLA Bruins (3-0) vs No. 19 Illinois Fighting Illini (3-0)
Date: Friday, November 18, 2022
Time: 9:30 PM ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Coverage: ESPNU

UCLA vs Illinois Prediction, Odds and College Basketball Betting Picks
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UCLA vs Illinois College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds

All college basketball betting odds can be found at BetOnline Sportsbook.

Moneyline: UCLA: (-180) | ILL: (+160)
Point Spread: UCLA: -3.5 (-115) | ILL: +3.5 (-105)
Total: 145.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

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KenPom Rankings

KenPom Rankings are from

  • UCLA is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of it’s last 6 games UCLA has played.
  • Illinois is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the last 8 games Illinois has played.

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UCLA vs Illinois Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks

UCLA comes into this matchup off defeating Norfolk State by 30. The Bruins are led by Jaylen Clark who averages 18 points a game. They rank in top 50 in the nation in three-point percentage, field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio, meaning they do not turn the ball over often. They are a fundamentally sound team.

Illinois comes into this game after beating Monmouth by almost 50 points. They are led by Terrance Shannon Jr, who dropped 30 in the last win. Skyy Clark, Illinois’ star freshman averages 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 50% from deep and 62.5% from the field. He is going to be expected to complement Shannon and be a key piece in Illinois’ success this year. Expect him and Illinois to give UCLA all they can handle.

Our college basketball betting UCLA vs Illinois prediction tonight will be Illinois COVERS at BetOnline

For what it’s worth, ESPN Matchup Predictor gives UCLA a 65.8% chance to win.

Bet: ILL +3.5

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