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Illinois Fighting Illini @ Maryland Terrapins

Current Records: Illinois 18-6, Maryland 14-11

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Illinois is 2-8 against the Terrapins since January of 2017 but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Saturday. Both teams will face off in a Big Ten battle at 5:30 p.m. ET at Xfinity Center. Despite being away, Illinois is looking at a 2.5-point advantage in the spread.

Illinois put the finishing touches on their ninth blowout victory of the season on Tuesday. They simply couldn't be stopped as they easily beat the Wolverines 97-68 at home. Winning is a bit easier when you work as a team to post ten more assists than your opponent, as Illinois did.

Illinois can attribute much of their success to Terrence Shannon Jr., who scored 31 points. The team also got some help courtesy of Coleman Hawkins, who scored 17 points along with five assists and five rebounds.

Meanwhile, Maryland finally caught a break after three consecutive losses. They walked away with a 78-66 victory over the Hawkeyes on Wednesday.

Maryland's win was the result of several impressive offensive performances. One of the most notable came from Julian Reese, who dropped a double-double on 16 points and 13 rebounds. Reese didn't help Maryland's cause all that much against the Buckeyes on Saturday but the same can't be said for this game. Another player making a difference was Jahmir Young, who scored 21 points.

The Fighting Illini's win was their fourth straight at home, which pushed their record up to 18-6. Those victories were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 85.0 points per game. As for the Terrapins, their victory bumped their record up to 14-11.

This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: Illinois have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 42.5 rebounds per game (they're ranked fourth in rebounds per game overall). However, it's not like Maryland struggles in that department as they've been averaging 36.9 rebounds per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

Illinois came up short against the Terrapins in their previous matchup back in January, falling 76-67. Can Illinois avenge their loss or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll find out soon enough.


Illinois is a slight 2.5-point favorite against Maryland, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 139.5 points.

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Series History

Maryland has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Illinois.

  • Jan 14, 2024 - Maryland 76 vs. Illinois 67
  • Dec 02, 2022 - Maryland 71 vs. Illinois 66
  • Jan 21, 2022 - Maryland 81 vs. Illinois 65
  • Jan 06, 2022 - Illinois 76 vs. Maryland 64
  • Jan 10, 2021 - Maryland 66 vs. Illinois 63
  • Feb 07, 2020 - Maryland 75 vs. Illinois 66
  • Dec 07, 2019 - Maryland 59 vs. Illinois 58
  • Jan 26, 2019 - Illinois 78 vs. Maryland 67
  • Dec 03, 2017 - Maryland 92 vs. Illinois 91
  • Jan 14, 2017 - Maryland 62 vs. Illinois 56