Bet on March Madness handicappers have seen the Illini steadily improve to become a leading March Madness bet contender as the regular season headed towards the home stretch. Illinois had a bet on March Madness record of 18-10 straight up and 12-15 against the spread but was one of the hottest March Madness bet commodities on the board in the second half of February.
Those who will be basketball betting Madness March action saw Illinois go 4-2 straight up and 5-1 against the spread from February 3 through February 23. The most impressive bet on March Madness resume credential established during that stretch was a 78-73 home win over league leading Michigan State as 1.5-point home dogs.
It’s been a tough climb back into bet on March Madness contention for Illinois as they suffered embarrassing early season losses to Utah, Bradley, and Georgia. To their credit, however, Illinois did not give up their bet on March Madness aspirations and fought their way back into the race.
“We’ve created our own dilemma,” said coach Bruce Weber. “We’ve got great wins, but we’ve got some questionable losses too.” Luckily for Illinois, their bad losses were early and those big wins have come late in the bet on March Madness stretch run.
If timing is, indeed, everything then Illinois can still make the bet on March Madness board with a strong finish and showing in the Big Ten Conference post season tournament.
It won’t be easy for Illinois as they will finish the Big Ten regular season schedule with a game at 9th ranked Ohio State before closing out the regular season at home against 17th ranked Wisconsin.
Junior guard Demetri McCarney has been a big reason for Illinois’ bet on March Madness turnaround. McCarney led Illinois in scoring with 15.2 points per game and also led the team in assists with 6.8 per game.