Illinois Futures: Odds to Win the College Basketball National Championship

Posted on January 27, 2023

A potential contender to win the 2022-23 College Basketball National Championship, according to oddsmakers, is the Illinois Fighting Illini (19-9), who have the 25th-best odds across all NCAA squads at +7000 to be the last team standing. Next on their schedule is a matchup Sunday, February 26 at the Ohio State Buckeyes, tipping at 12:00 PM ET.

The Fighting Illini are +50000 to win the Big Ten tournament.

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Illinois Futures: Odds to Win the National Championship

Odds NCAA Rank Payout
+7000 25th Bet $100 to win $7000
  • The Fighting Illini own +7000 odds to win the national championship, which ranks 25th-best in college basketball. Our computer rankings have them ranked 27th, a difference of two spots.
  • Illinois’ current national championship odds come in at +7000. Compared to its odds before the season (+4000), that’s the 65th-biggest change in the country.
  • The Fighting Illini, based on their updated odds (+7000), have a 1.4% chance of winning the national championship.

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Illinois NCAA Tournament Resume

  • On November 18, the Fighting Illini captured their signature win of the season, a 79-70 victory over the UCLA Bruins, who rank No. 4 in the AP’s Top 25.
  • Illinois, out of seven games against teams in the Top 25, has been victorious three times.
  • Based on the RPI, the Fighting Illini have four Quadrant 1 wins, tied for the 31st-most in the nation. But they also have seven Quadrant 1 losses, tied for the 44th-most.
  • When facing Quadrant 2 teams (based on the RPI), Illinois is 5-2 (.714%) — tied for the 15th-most victories.
  • The Illini are playing the 69th-ranked schedule (based on our predictions) this season.
  • Illinois’ remaining schedule includes two opponents above .500 and two with a worse record than its own.

Top Illinois Performers

  • Terrence Shannon Jr.: 17.3 PTS, 1.4 STL, 44.9 FG%, 34.1 3PT% (46-for-135)
  • Matthew Mayer: 12.6 PTS, 1.3 BLK, 42.6 FG%, 36.4 3PT% (59-for-162)
  • Coleman Hawkins: 9.8 PTS, 1.2 BLK, 44.1 FG%, 27.6 3PT% (32-for-116)
  • Dain Dainja: 10.1 PTS, 1.3 BLK, 65.7 FG%
  • Jayden Epps: 10.0 PTS, 42.2 FG%, 30.7 3PT% (35-for-114)

Illinois’ Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent H/A Time (ET)
Sun, Feb 26 Ohio State A 12:00 PM
Thu, Mar 2 Michigan H 7:00 PM
Sun, Mar 5 Purdue A 12:30 PM

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