The 16-seed Drexel Dragons (12-7) meet the 1-seed Illinois Fighting Illinois (23-6) Friday, March 19, in the first round of the Midwest Regional at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 1:15 p.m. ET and will be airing on TBS.
Below, we look at the early March Madness Round 1 matchup Illinois-Drexel odds and lines. Will one of these teams end up as this year’s National Champion? Don’t forget to check out all of the teams’ March Madness odds.
Drexel earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996 after winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. It beat the Elon Phoenix 63-56 in last Tuesday’s conference final.
The Dragons are powered by their offense which ranked 55th in offensive rating, 33rd in true shooting percentage and had four players average more than 10 points per game.
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Illinois’ magnificent regular season was capped off with a Big 10 Tournament title after the Fighting Illini won the championship game 91-88 over Ohio State in overtime.
The Fighting Illini have two Wooden Award finalists and All-Big 10 first team recipients in their starting lineup with C Kofi Cockburn and G Ayo Dosunmu.
Don’t mistake Illinois for being top-heavy because it also has the Big 10 Sixth Man of the Year in freshman G Andre Curbelo and Big 10 All-Defensive team senior G Trent Frazier in the wings.
Illinois vs. Drexel: Odds, spread and lines
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Monday at 12:50 p.m. ET.
- Money line: Illinois -3000 (bet $3,000 to win $100) | Drexel +1300 (bet $100 to win $1,300)
- Against the spread/ATS: Illinois -22.5 (-110) | Drexel +22.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: 143.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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