10* GAME OF THE WEEK
Minnesota vs. Illinois,
01/09/2013 21:00 EDT,
Score: 84 - 67
Point Spread: +2/-110 Illinois
Illinois is very good at home and they'll be led by their senior guard Brandon Paul.
Minnesota tends to go into offensive slumps and that will hurt against a very solid Illinois team.
Illinois (14-2, 1-1) had lost two of three before bouncing back with an impressive 74-55 victory over then-No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday.
The Fighting Illini improved to 8-0 at home. Brandon Paul continues to lead Illinois with 18.5 ppg and was 11 of 22 from the floor in his first two conference games, including 6 of 13 from beyond the arc.
The Illini has an inside presence with their 6-foot-11 center Nnanna Egwu.
"He continues to get better," coach John Groce said.
Illinois is 28-12 ATS vs. The Golden Gophers since 1991, including 14-4 ATS at home and 7-1 ATS when playing with revenge.
Look for a tight game in the first half, but Illinois to pull away and get the win in the 2nd half.