Illinois vs Chattanooga: 2022 NCAA Tournament South Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament- Indiana vs Illinois
Mar 11, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn (21) and Illinois Fighting Illini guard Andre Curbelo (5) celebrate in the second half Indiana Hoosiers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 4 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 13 Chattanooga Mocs

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 6:50 p.m. ET
  • Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: TNT
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

No. 4 ILL STAT No. 13 UTC
Big Ten Conference Southern
22-9 Record 27-7
75.8 (63rd) Points Per Game 74.8 (204th)
67.6 Points Allowed Per Game 64.7
0.5968 (29th) RPI 0.592 (37th)
16th Strength of Schedule 142nd
At-Large Bid Bid Automatic Bid

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Illinois leaders:

Mar 11, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn (21) shoots the ball while Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kofi Cockburn, C, JR: 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 59.8% FG
  • Trent Frazier, G, SR: 12.1 points, 2.8 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.3 SPG

Chattanooga leaders:

Dec 11, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Mocs guard David Jean-Baptiste (3) looks to pass while being defended by Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nahiem Alleyne (4) and guard Wabissa Bede (3) in the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports
  • Malachi Smith, G, SO: 20.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 41.5% 3PT
  • Silvio De Sousa, F, SR: 11.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 57.4% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • ILL Moneyline: -350
  • UTC Moneyline: +270
  • Spread: ILL -8
  • Over/Under: 135.5
  • ATS Record: ILL 13-18, UTC 17-15
  • Over/Under Record: ILL 17-13, UTC 17-15

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The Pick:

  • The Mocs were another one of the teams we covered in our upset best bets of the first round; although, we wound up slightly avoiding them based on the deep dive. They play slow and attempt 23.1 threes per game, which comes out to just under 40% of their total possessions. They are also led by experienced guard play, in particular from Wright State transfer Malachi Smith, which is always a component of teams that make good runs in the NCAA tournament.
  • However, a big factor that separates the Mocs from other mid-major teams is the presence of Silvio de Sousa, a 6’9″ transfer from Kansas. He had 17 points and 14 rebounds in the conference title game, showing that big games are not something he’s going to shy away from.
  • However, he will have a stiff test in Kofi Cockburn. The big man averages 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds a game and is a handful for anybody. The Illini as a whole are also top-30 in college basketball in both defensive and offensive efficiency, which would seem to make this a tough upset choice.
  • The Illini can shoot themselves in the foot, averaging 12.2 turnovers a game, so if Chattanooga can slow the game down and force the favorites into making mistakes, this could be an uncomfortable game until the final buzzer. If that’s the case, it certainly favors the underdogs who are 61st in free-throw percentage (75.2%) rather than the Illini, who are 205th (70.8%).

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