The Knights and Fighting Illini are set to face off at 9:00 ET on BTN. The Fighting Illini will host the game at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 161.5 points, and the Fighting Illini are favored to win at home vs. the Knights.


The Pick: Fairleigh Dickinson Knights +25.5

This game will be played at State Farm Center at 9:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Fighting Illini.
  • Even though we have Illinois winning straight-up, we like Fairleigh Dickinson at +25.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 161.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?

As they prepare for their 14th game of the season, Fairleigh Dickinson currently holds a 6-7 overall record. In their last ten road games, which includes games from last year, they have a 4-6 record. Fairleigh Dickinson has been solid vs. the spread thus far, sitting above .500 with a 5-4 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Fairleigh Dickinson has an over/under record of 5-4-0, with their games averaging 158 points per game on average. The Knights' have recorded an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 159 points per game.

The Fairleigh Dickinson offense is coming off a game where they scored 76 points against Manhattan. They posted a field goal percentage of 41.8% and connected on 5 threes. One area that the Fairleigh Dickinson offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 47th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 44%.

Coming into the game, Fairleigh Dickinson will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 81.8 points per game (270th). Against Manhattan in their most recent game, the Fairleigh Dickinson defense gave up a total of 71 points while allowing Manhattan to hit 38% of their shots.

Can the Illinois Offense Score Enough at Home?

Illinois currently holds a 9-2 overall record after playing 11 games. In their three road games this season, Illinois is 2-1 while at home they are 5-1. Against the spread, Illinois has a record of 4-4-1 this season. On the road, the Fighting Illini are 2-0-1 vs. the spread, while at home they are 2-4.

Illinois comes in with an over/under record of 4-5-0 through 11 games, with their games averaging a combined 143.1 points per game so far. When looking at the Fighting Illini's last three games, their over/under record is 2-1, with their games averaging 155 points per game.

The Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 97 points against Missouri. They posted a field goal percentage of 49.2% and connected on 11 threes. Leading Illinois in scoring vs. Missouri was Terrence Shannon Jr. with his 30 points. Quincy Guerrier also added 28 points for the Fighting Illini.

In the current season, the Illinois defense has excelled, sitting 22nd in the nation by allowing 61.8 points per game. So far, the Illinois defense is giving up an average of 8.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.1 times per game (509th).