Dec 6, 2022, 11:42 am ET in NCAAB Betting News
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Expert Top Pick of the Day: Illinois Fighting Illini at Texas Longhorns

Top Pick of the Day

The Illinois Fighting Illini have not had the worst season start. The team is attempting to work harder and climb up the standings. As of today, the Fighting Illini are now in the seventh spot in the Big Ten Conference. This is what a 6-2 season record has allowed the team to secure as other top teams, such as Maryland and Purdue, have conquered the top of the Big Ten. 

Illinois is set to visit the Texas Longhorns at Madison Square Garden in New York tonight. As for the Longhorns, the story is much brighter. Texas is now standing with a 6-0 record, and the team has been able to stay undefeated. This has allowed the Longhorns to conquer the Big 12 Conference and surpass top rivals such as Kansas and Iowa State. Madison Square Garden may not be Texas’ home court, but the Longhorns are not ready to give up their first game tonight. 


Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Texas Longhorns Schedule


  • Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
  • Time: 07:00 PM EST
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, NY, NY 


Shannon Jr.’s Fighting Illini Ready to Climb 

Illinois opened the season with a solid mark. The Fighting Illini went 4-0 before taking their first loss. This means that Illinois was able to surpass top rivals such as Kansas City and even UCLA before taking their first defeat. 

Virginia became the first tough rival for Illinois, and since that first loss, the Fighting Illini have gone 2-1 with two wins against Syracuse and Lindenwood and one loss against Maryland. 

For Illinois, Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Illinois offense with 19.8 points per game, followed by Coleman Hawkins, who is now standing with 4.0 assists per contest. 


Hunter’s Longhorns to Hope Remain Undefeated


The Longhorns could not have envisioned a better start to the 2022-23 NCAA basketball season. Texas has faced top rivals such as Gonzaga and Creighton and has still managed to come out on top. 

For the Longhorns, Tyrese Hunter has led the offense with 16 points per game and a 54.5% field goal percentage. 

On defense, Timmy Allen has also done his part and is now leading the team with 6.7 rebounds per game, followed by Marcus Carr with 2.0 steals. 


Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Texas Longhorns Odds Comparison

The Fighting Illini are looking to break the Longhorn’s undefeated streak in NYC tonight. For Illinois, the total has gone under in nine of their last 13 games. As for Texas, the total has gone under in all six of their previous games played on a Tuesday night. 


  • DraftKings has the Longhorns at -150 on a spread of -2.5, and the total is 138.5. 
  • FanDuel has the Longhorns at -152 on a spread of -2.5, and the total is 139.5.
  • Caesars has the Longhorns at -145 on a spread of -2.5, and the total is 139.


Godds Pick or Prediction of the Game

The Fighting Illini are ranked 17th in the country with a 6-2 record but are 0-1 in the conference. The team has potential that has yet to be unleashed. As for Texas, the team might be 51st in the country with only 80.5 points per game and 64th with 39.3 rebounds per game, yet the Longhorns rank as the APs and Coaches’ Poll number two in the nation.

The Fighting Illini might put up a fight, but it seems as if they might not have what it takes to break Texas’ undefeated record tonight. 


  • Godds Pick/Prediction: The Longhorns win, and the over hits.