Illinois vs. Morehead State: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 21, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

The Illinois Fighting Illini (26-8) will play the Morehead State Eagles (26-8) in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at 3:10 PM ET at CHI Health Center Omaha. Terrence Shannon Jr. and Riley Minix are the players to watch for the Fighting Illini and Eagles, respectively. The Fighting Illini are currently substantial 11-point favorites over the Eagles. The matchup has an over/under of 145.5.

Illinois vs. Morehead State Betting Lines

Illinois vs Morehead State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Illinois -11 145.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Illinois (-11)
Total Pick Over (145.5)

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Illinois vs. Morehead State Stat Rankings

Illinois Avg. (Rank) Morehead State Avg. (Rank)
84.4 (9th) Points Scored 75.5 (117th)
73.8 (240th) Points Allowed 62.8 (8th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
11.8 (16th) Off. Rebounds 10.4 (63rd)
8.3 (89th) 3pt Made 9.4 (26th)
13.0 (181st) Assists 14.9 (71st)
10.3 (91st) Turnovers 11.2 (181st)

Illinois vs. Morehead State Betting Trends

  • The Fighting Illini are 18-14-1 against the spread this season.
  • Illinois has an ATS record of 5-6 as 11-point favorites or greater.
  • There have been 24 Fighting Illini games (out of 33) that went over the total this season.
  • In 24 games this season, Illinois and its opponent have combined to score more than 145.5 points.
  • Fighting Illini games average 158.2 total points per game this season, 12.7 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • Morehead State is 19-11-0 against the spread this year.
  • The Eagles have won once ATS (1-3) as a 11-point underdog or greater this year.
  • Illinois has seen 24 of its 33 games hit the over.
  • So far this season, 11 Eagles games have featured over 145.5 points scored.
  • The over/under for this game is 7.2 points higher than the average scoring total for Morehead State’s games (138.3).

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Illinois Impact Players

  • Shannon is tops on the Fighting Illini at 23.0 points per contest, while also putting up 2.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds. He is third in college basketball in scoring.
  • Marcus Domask leads the Fighting Illini at 3.7 assists per game, while also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 16.0 points.
  • Coleman Hawkins puts up 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. At the other end, he posts 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocked shots.
  • Quincy Guerrier puts up a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 10.0 points and 0.3 assists, shooting 48.4% from the field and 38.7% from beyond the arc with 1.2 made 3-pointers per game.
  • Ty Rodgers is putting up 6.7 points, 2.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds per contest.

Morehead State Impact Players

  • Minix is the Eagles’ top scorer (20.8 points per game) and rebounder (9.8), and puts up 2.2 assists.
  • The Eagles get 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game from Jordan Lathon.
  • Drew Thelwell is averaging a team-high 6.2 assists per game. And he is delivering 10.0 points and 3.1 rebounds, making 43.7% of his shots from the floor and 33.8% from beyond the arc, with 1.4 triples per game.
  • Kalil Thomas gets the Eagles 12.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also posts 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
  • The Eagles receive 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Eddie Ricks III.

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