(719) Illinois vs. Iowa (720)
PICK: sportsinteraction @ 4.5 ILL (-105)
DATE: March 14, 2019 - 9:25 PM
STAR RATING: 8.0
EXPERT: Teddy Covers
EVALUATION: Loss (-840) - Final Score ILL 62 at IOWA 83
Take Illinois (#719)
My clients and I cashed a winner with Illinois last night, and I have no hesitation getting right back to the betting window with the Illini tonight as they take on Iowa. Yes, Brad Underwood’s team struggled down the stretch. But make no mistake about it -- Illinois had a significant midseason run to showcase their capabilities – knocking off Michigan State, Maryland, Nebraska, Rutgers and Ohio State in a six game span. This team has been focused on the Big 10 tourney for weeks, and it’s surely worth noting that the last time they won ONE tourney game (back in 2016), they came back the next night and did it again!
Iowa has lost four straight and five of their last six, the lone victory coming at home and in overtime. They just blew a huge lead in their regular season finale at Nebraska, a real confidence sapper. They’ve been an overvalued commodity for more than a month now, riding an 0-8 ATS run, with five of those eight ATS losses coming in the favorite’s role. The Hoosiers shot 68% from the floor and 71% (15 of 21) from beyond the arc in the first meeting between these two teams, a blowout win. I’m expecting a very different level of defensive intensity from the Illini tonight! Take Illinois.