Minnesota Golden Gophers Vs Illinois Fighting Illini: College Basketball Preview And – January 4, 2022

Written By Staff on January 4, 2022

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1, 1-1 Big Ten) will try to continue a three-game winning run when hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten) at 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Williams Arena.

In its most recent game, Illinois won at home over Saint Francis (PA) 106-48, with Kofi Cockburn (21 PTS, 11 REB, 2 BLK, 81.8 FG%) and Alfonso Plummer (19 PTS, 54.5 FG%, 5-10 from 3PT) the standout performers. Minnesota won at home over Green Bay in its previous game, 72-56. Its top scorers were Jamison Battle (23 PTS, 60.0 FG%, 3-5 from 3PT) and Payton Willis (14 PTS, 10 AST, 3 STL, 66.7 FG%, 2-3 from 3PT).

The Fighting Illini got a team-high 22 points out of Cockburn on the way to a 94-63 victory over Jamal Mashburn JR (16 points) and the Golden Gophers in their most recent matchup on February 20, 2021.

Matchup at a glance

  • Game Day: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Arena: Williams Arena
  • Spread: Illinois -6.5
  • Total: 139.5
  • Moneyline: Illinois, Minnesota

Minnesota player stats

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jamison Battle 11 18.9 6.5 1.1 0.6 0.5 2.5
Payton Willis 11 16.3 4.6 4.1 1.6 0.3 2.6
E.J. Stephens 11 11.0 3.6 1.5 1.4 0.0 1.7
Sean Sutherlin 10 8.6 3.5 1.0 0.5 0.6 0.0
Eric Curry 11 8.1 6.8 1.9 0.6 0.8 0.0

Illinois player stats

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kofi Cockburn 9 21.8 12.1 1.1 0.8 0.9 0.0
Alfonso Plummer 12 17.3 2.3 1.0 0.4 0.0 3.5
Jacob Grandison 12 11.8 3.8 2.0 0.2 0.0 2.2
Trent Frazier 12 9.8 2.8 2.6 1.3 0.1 2.1
Andre Curbelo 4 9.3 4.3 5.5 1.0 0.3 0.5

Minnesota stats

  • The Golden Gophers average 72.0 points, 6.4 more than the Fighting Illini give up.
  • Minnesota is 8-1 when putting up over 65.6 points.
  • Illinois is +13.0 rebounds per game on the boards, but Minnesota is -3.8.
  • The Fighting Illini are averaging 14.1 offensive boards, 8.5 more than the Golden Gophers.
  • The Golden Gophers’ 46.8 shooting percentage from the field is 8.0 higher than the Fighting Illini have conceded.
  • Minnesota is 9-1 when shooting better than 38.8% from the field.

Betting on Minnesota

  • The bookmakers’ moneyline implies a 0.0% chance of a victory for the Golden Gophers.
  • Minnesota has six wins against the spread in 11 games this year.
  • This year, the Golden Gophers have always covered the spread when underdogs by 6.5 points or more in three chances.
  • In 2020, games involving the Golden Gophers had averaged a total of 133.4 points, 6.1 fewer than this game’s set over/under.
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