Illinois Fighting Illini and Morehead State Eagles meet in the first round of NCAA Tournament

Wed, Mar 20, 2024
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Illinois Fighting Illini and Morehead State Eagles meet in the first round of NCAA Tournament

Morehead State Eagles (26-8, 17-4 OVC) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (26-8, 17-6 Big Ten)

Omaha, Nebraska; Thursday, 3:10 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Fighting Illini -11.5; over/under is 148

BOTTOM LINE: No. 10 Illinois and Morehead State square off in the NCAA Tournament first round.

The Fighting Illini's record in Big Ten games is 17-6, and their record is 9-2 in non-conference games. Illinois is eighth in college basketball averaging 84.4 points and is shooting 47.1% from the field.

The Eagles' record in OVC action is 17-4. Morehead State leads the OVC with 14.9 assists. Drew Thelwell leads the Eagles with 6.2.

Illinois makes 47.1% of its shots from the field this season, which is 8.2 percentage points higher than Morehead State has allowed to its opponents (38.9%). Morehead State averages 75.5 points per game, 1.7 more than the 73.8 Illinois allows.

TOP PERFORMERS: Terrence Shannon Jr. is shooting 47.0% and averaging 23.0 points for the Fighting Illini. Quincy Guerrier is averaging 1.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

Riley Minix is averaging 20.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Eagles. Kalil Thomas is averaging 14.3 points over the last 10 games.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Fighting Illini: 8-2, averaging 87.7 points, 38.4 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 3.4 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 48.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 82.1 points per game.

Eagles: 7-3, averaging 74.0 points, 36.3 rebounds, 14.4 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 64.6 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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