Illinois vs Drexel: March Madness Betting Odds and Picks – March 19, 2021

Posted on March 16, 2021 - Last Updated on April 19, 2021

The No. 1 seed Illinois Fighting Illini (23-6) and the No. 16 seed Drexel Dragons (12-7) will meet on Friday at 1:15 PM ET in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Illinois is a 22.5-point favorite in the contest, which airs on TBS. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this 1-16 matchup in the Midwest Region bracket.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from FanDuel as of March 16, 2021, 12:10 AM ET.

Betting Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Illinois -22.5 -116 -106 144.5 -116 -106

Keys to the Game for Illinois

  • Illinois has a 17-9-1 record against the spread this season.
  • The Fighting Illini have fared well as a 22.5-point favorite, going 2-0 against the spread when favored by at least 22.5 points.
  • The Fighting Illini have gone over the point total the majority of the time, in 15 of 27 games (55.6%).

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Illinois Leaders

  • The leader in points and assists for the Fighting Illini is Ayo Dosunmu, who scores 20.7 points and dishes out 5.3 assists per game.
  • Kofi Cockburn leads Illinois in rebounding, pulling down 9.6 boards per game while also scoring 17.6 points a contest.
  • Trent Frazier makes more threes per game than any other member of the Fighting Illini, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.9 per contest.
  • Frazier is Illinois’ leader in steals, averaging 1.3 steals per game, while Cockburn leads them in blocks with 1.2 per contest.

Keys to the Game for Drexel

  • Drexel has covered the spread in more than half of its outings, going 11-5 ATS.
  • Drexel and its opponents have hit the over in more than half of their matchups this year — 9 of 17 (52.9%).

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Drexel Leaders

  • Camren Wynter holds the top spot on the Dragons scoring and assist lists, tallying 16.8 points and 5.3 assists per game.
  • James Butler takes the top spot on the Dragons rebounding leaderboard, averaging 9.2 boards per game while adding 12.9 points per game.
  • Mate Okros makes more threes per game than any other member of the Dragons, cashing in 1.9 treys per game.
  • Nobody on Drexel grabs more steals than Matey Juric (1.0 per game) or blocks more shots than Butler (0.8 per game).

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Dragons (+22.5)

Pick OU:
Over (144.5)

Prediction: Illinois 81, Drexel 63

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Last 5 Games

Illinois

Drexel
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
3/14/2021 Ohio State Win 91-88 3/9/2021 Elon Win 63-56
3/13/2021 Iowa Win 82-71 3/8/2021 Northeastern Win 74-67
3/12/2021 Rutgers Win 90-68 3/7/2021 Charleston (SC) Win 80-75
3/6/2021 Ohio State Win 73-68 2/26/2021 JMU Win 84-78
3/2/2021 Michigan Win 76-53 2/7/2021 Hofstra Loss 79-74

Against The Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.
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