The No. 1 seed Illinois Fighting Illini (23-6) are a 22.5-point favorite in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against the No. 16 seed Drexel Dragons (12-7) on Friday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The contest begins at 1:15 PM ET on TBS. Here are insights into this Midwest Region 1-16 matchup to help you fill out your bracket.
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Point Total InsightsIn Illinois games this season, the total exceeded Friday's over/under 19 times (65.5%). Seven Drexel games this season featured a total above Friday's set over/under of 143.5 (36.8%). Friday's over/under is 9.4 points lower than the two team's combined 152.9 points per game average. The 81.4 points per game the Fighting Illini put up are 14.6 more points than the Dragons allow (66.8). The Dragons' 71.5 points per game are just 2.3 more points than the 69.2 the Fighting Illini give up to opponents.
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Illinois Betting DataAgainst the spread, Illinois has been strong this season, posting an 18-7 record. When favored by at least 22.5 points, the Fighting Illini have fared well against the spread, putting up a 1-0 record. Illinois and its opponents have reached the total 0 times in 25 contests this season.
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Drexel Betting DataDrexel has an 11-3 record against the spread, covering in 78.6% of their matchups. When they are at least 22.5-point underdogs, the Dragons have gone 0-0 against the spread. The Dragons and their opponents have hit the over in half of their games this season -- 0 of 14.
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