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

NCAA Basketball: American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship-Houston vs Memphis
Mar 13, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; The Houston Cougars celebrate punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament after defeating the Memphis Tigers in the American Conference Tournament Championship at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament Second Round: No. 4 Illinois Fighting Illini Racers vs. No. 5 Houston Cougars

How to Watch:

  • Date: Sunday, March 20
  • Time: 12:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

No. 4 ILL STAT No.5  HOU
Big Ten Conference American
23-9 Record 30-5
75.8 (63rd) Points Per Game 75.8 (62nd)
67.6 Points Allowed Per Game 58.9
0.5968 (29th) RPI 0.6335 (8th)
13th Strength of Schedule 93rd
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


Houston leaders:

Mar 13, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Houston Cougars guard Kyler Edwards (right) controls the ball against Memphis Tigers guard Lester Quinones (left) during the second half at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kyler Edwards, G, SR: 16.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.0 SPG
  • Fabian White Jr., F, SR: 13.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 50.7% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • HOU Moneyline: -200
  • ILL Moneyline: +170
  • Spread: HOU -4.5
  • Over/Under: 133.5
  • ATS Record: ILL 13-19, HOU 23-12
  • Over/Under Record: ILL 18-13-1, HOU 14-19-2

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The Pick:

  • The Cougars may be a 5-seed, but don’t be surprised if this team makes a run at the title. Yes, it didn’t get much help with their draw, and, yes, they are without two of their best point guards, but they’ve played through that all season and come into the tournament as KenPom’s 5th-ranked team.
  • Their guards lifted them in round one as well, with Kyler Edwards going for 25 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. The Cougars as a team also shot 47.6% from three against UAB.
  • However, the Illini as a whole are also top-30 in college basketball in both defensive and offensive efficiency, which will make this a tough matchup for the Cougars.
  • The Illini survived a scare against Chattanooga after the Mocs missed two buzzer-beaters. The Illini will have to play much better in round two, as they shot just 17.6% from three and 38.8% overall.
  • The Cougars play a molasses-slow pace, ranking 338th in the country, and has the 11th-ranked defense in the country. The Illini can shoot themselves in the foot, averaging 12.2 turnovers a game, so if Houston 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, both teams are poor from the free-throw line, but the Illini are a little better, ranking 205th (70.8%) as opposed to the Cougars team, which ranks 320th in the country at 66.9%, and shot 53.3% in round one.

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