In a ranked matchup, the 16th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will take on the 19th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini in the Continental Tire Main Event. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball odds, picks, betting trends and KenPom rankings, then give our Virginia vs Illinois prediction for the game today.
Virginia vs Illinois Game Info
No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers (3-0, 0-0 ACC) vs No. 19 Illinois Fighting Illini (4-0, 0-0 Big 10)
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022
Time: 3 PM ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas, NV
Virginia vs Illinois College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
Moneyline: UVA: (-) | ILL: (+)
Point Spread: UVA: -2 (-110) | ILL: +2 (-110)
Total: 135.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)Sign up for BetOnline Sportsbook today and claim over $2,000 in welcome bonuses for college basketball betting!
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
Virginia vs Illinois College Basketball Betting Trends
- Virginia is 2-1 against the spread (ATS) this season.
- The OVER is 2-0 in Virginia’s last 2 games this season.
- Illinois is 3-1 ATS this season.
- The OVER is 3-1 in Illinois last 4 games this season.
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Virginia vs Illinois Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks
Virginia has been on a roll as of late. Last time out, they defeated the fifth-ranked Baylor Bears, 86-79. They were led by Armaan Franklin, the former Hoosier. He is averaging 18.3 points per game while shooting above 50% for the first time in his career. The transfer from Ohio, Ben Vander Plas, has made a huge impact for the Cavaliers as well, pouring in double-digit points off the bench while above 60% in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage. Virginia is known for their defense, as they rank 54th in the nation in blocked shots, at 5.0. To back that up, they rank 13th at KenPom in adjusted defensive efficiency. They will need to rely on their offense to come alive, like it did against Baylor, against a much tougher defense in Illinois.
Illinois defeated the eighth-ranked UCLA Bruins in their last game on Friday, cementing themselves as a top-10 team in the nation. Terrance Shannon Jr has averaged 29.5 points in their last two games, shooting well above 70% from the field and 60% from deep while hauling in almost double-digit rebounds. Freshman Skyy Clark chipped in 10, but he will need to clean up the turnovers if he wants to give Illinois an advantage over Virginia. A name to watch for Illinois off the bench is Dain Dainja, the transfer from Baylor, as he has been averaging 16.3 points per game and eight rebounds, shooting a ridiculous 85.7% from the field. This is a game that will be dictated by how Illinois adapts to Virginia’s slow tempo and intense defense.
Our college basketball betting Virginia vs Illinois prediction tonight will be Virginia -2 at BetOnline.
For what it’s worth, ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Virginia a 55.4% chance to win.