Illinois vs. Syracuse Predictions, Odds & Picks – Tuesday, Nov. 29

Illinois Fighting Illini guard Terrence Shannon Jr. (0) looks to pass the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half at T-Mobile Arena.
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It’s the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and Illinois is set to face Syracuse on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET while airing on ESPN. Illinois enters this game as 12.5-point favorites with the total set at 144.5. How will this one play out? Let’s dive into the Illinois vs. Syracuse predictions below.

Illinois vs. Syracuse Odds

  • Spread: Illinois -12.5
  • Total: 144.5

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Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
  • Time: 7:30 pm ET
  • Location: State Farm Center – Champaign, IL
  • TV: ESPN

Illinois Betting Trends

  • The Fighting Illini are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
  • The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • The Fighting Illini are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.

Syracuse Betting Trends

  • Under is 4-0 in Syracuse’s last 4 Tuesday games.
  • Over is 5-1 in Syracuse’s last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Over is 5-1 in Syracuse’s last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Over is 5-1 in Syracuse’s last 6 road games.

Illinois vs. Syracuse Predictions

Illinois checks into this home contest ranked No. 16 in the country. The Fighting Illini have one loss on the season against a solid Virginia team, but they picked up a quality win over UCLA on top of winning four contests as a 25+ point favorite.

On the other hand, Syracuse has not lived up to its reputation in this young season. The Orange have lost three games this season to St. John’s, Colgate, and Bryant. Now they’ll try to pick themselves up on the road against the toughest competition they’ve seen this season.

It’s early, but Illinois has been an excellent shooting team up to this point. The Fighting Illini rank 13th in the country in shooting efficiency and fifth with an effective field goal rate of 59.5%. Illinois can also shoot from deep, holding a 37.7% rate from behind the arc. That will come in handy against Syracuse’s patented 2-3 zone that hasn’t noticed much success so far in 2022.

Illinois was able to cruise to a 9-point win against a good UCLA team earlier this season, and the Fighting Illini should shoot their way to a 13+ point home victory over a discombobulated Syracuse team.

The Pick: Illinois -12.5 | -110 at FanDuel Sportsbook

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