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Illinois Fighting Illini 2021-22 Season
Illinois made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Brad Underwood last season, but were bounced out in the Round of 32 despite being the No. 1 seed in the Midwest. The Fighting Illini retained star junior center Kofi Cockburn and have generally speaking one of the best starting lineups in the nation. So it’s no shock that they’ve returned to the top of the Big Ten and are currently No. 12 in the nation as of Feb. 17.
A loss at the RAC to Rutgers hurts, but it shouldn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things come Big Ten Tournament time and eventual seeding for the NCAA Tournament. This team is built for the Final Four and should be a not-so dark horse to win it all.
Take a look at our college basketball odds to see how the Fighting Illini fare in the coming weeks.
Betting on the Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini have some tough matchups remaining in the season, so be sure to pay close attention to the odds. Here are some of the popular bet types that you can make on the Illini if you live in a legal sports betting state.
- Point Spread
- Futures Odds
A moneyline bet requires a bettor to correctly pick the winner of the game. If you pick the winner of the game correctly, you will win the bet. How much you win will be determined by your wager amount and the associated moneyline for the team you bet on. Here's an example using a recent Illinois game against Northwestern.
- Illinois -690 moneyline
- Northwestern +480 moneyline
Illinois is the heavily favored team to win this game, which is indicated by the minus sign (-) next to their moneyline. Northwestern is the underdog denoted by the plus sign (+) next to their moneyline. The moneyline number signifies the potential payout for each team. Someone betting on Illinois would have to bet $690 to win $100 whereas a bettor would win $480 with a wager of $100 on Northwestern.
Illinois Point Spread
Users can also place a point spread wager on the Illinois Fighting Illini. This requires a bettor to correctly select the margin of victory by a particular team, rather than simply who wins. Here's the same Illinois vs. Northwestern matchup as an example.
- Illinois -10.5 (-110)
- Northwestern +10.5 (-110)
Oddsmakers set a margin of victory total known as the spread. In this game, Illinois has to win by 11 or more points to beat this spread and Northwestern either has to win the game outright or lose by 10 points or less to beat the spread. Point spreads also have an additional element known as juice, or the vig, which is the tax paid to the sportsbook for each bet. The juice is indicated next to the point spread. This number is used to determine a wager payout. For a bet on Illinois, a bettor would earn a profit of $100 for every $110 risked. Someone betting on Northwestern would earn a profit of $100 for every $110 risked.
Betting on over/under totals looks at the cumulative final score between two teams, not the winner or loser of the game. Bettors are required to accurately predict if the teams combine higher or lower than a number set by oddsmakers. Oddsmakers set the over/under total for Illinois vs. Northwestern at 140 points.
- Over 140 points (-110)
- Under 140 points (-110)
Again, juice or vig comes into play with over/unders. Betting over 140 points means in this case that a bettor would have to wager $110 to earn $100. Betting under 140 points would mean a bettor would earn $100 for every $110 risked.
Illinois Prop Bets
For those Illinois fans that have a particular favorite player, prop bets are a great way to show your support. Oddsmakers will also set lines on player statistics. Bettors then have the opportunity to guess whether those players will go over or under the set line to win money. Some popular prop bets include how many points a player will score, who will score first, how many rebounds a player gets, and many more.
Illinois Future Odds
If you like Illinois’ odds to make the Final Four or win the NCAA Tournament, take a look at futures odds . A futures bet is wager for an event happening in the later in the season. Because a futures bet can be really hard to predict, the payouts are much higher than a typical wager. The Fighting Illini are currently +550 to make the Final Four and +3000 to win the NCAA Tournament (odds via PointsBet Sportsbook) – check out our PointsBet Promo Code page and sign up with ACTION2K1 to claim $2,200 in risk-free bets.
How to Bet on Illinois
Sports betting is currently legal in Illinois! Online sports bettors will be required to register in-person at a sportsbook through March 5, 2022. After March 5th, though, bettors will be able to register for a sportsbook of their choosing fully online. The state has numerous operators taking bets online, including Caesars Sportsbook. Check out our Caesars Promo Code page and use The Action Network's exclusive promo code “ACTIONCZR” to get up to a $1,500 deposit match with a deposit of $50 or more.
Illinois’ sports betting laws on college teams are tricky. Betting on in-state college teams in Illinois is only legal for in-person pregame wagers and they’re limited to outcomes of the games, not individual players’ performances.
Also check out on The Action Network's Illinois betting page regarding sports betting legislation in the state.