It’s a huge night of college basketball 🏀, as there are three showdowns in Illinois between top-25 teams (two are neutral-site games at the United Center). Let’s take a look at the odds and action for each of them.
Michigan State vs. Duke [7 p.m. ET]
SPREAD: Opened Duke -3.5, now Duke -4
ACTION: Duke 73.8% tickets, Duke 59.7% handle
BOTTOM LINE: Sparty has failed to cover its first two games after shooting a miserable 2/32 from beyond the arc 🤢 this season. That includes losing outright as a 16.5-point favorite to James Madison.
Marquette at Illinois [8 p.m. ET]
SPREAD: Opened Illinois -1.5, now Illinois -2
ACTION: Illinois 64.5% tickets, 64.4% handle
BOTTOM LINE: Tyler Kolek, the reigning Big East Player of the Year, is a game-time decision after suffering an ankle injury. But Marquette coach Shaka Smart has been an ATM 🏦 against the spread as an underdog.
Kansas vs. Kentucky [9:30 p.m. ET]
SPREAD: Opened Kansas -6, now Kansas -7
ACTION: Kansas 70.6% tickets, 81.5% handle
BOTTOM LINE: Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson is averaging 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his first two games at Kansas. Kentucky won’t have any of its 7-footers available tonight to defend the big man either.