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Nebraska @ Illinois

Current Records: Nebraska 10-12; Illinois 15-6

What to Know

The Nebraska Cornhuskers haven't won a matchup against the Illinois Fighting Illini since Dec. 2 of 2018, but they'll be looking to end the drought Tuesday. Nebraska's road trip will continue as they head to State Farm Center at 7 p.m. ET to face off against Illinois. The Fighting Illini will be strutting in after a win while Nebraska will be stumbling in from a loss.

Nebraska ended up a good deal behind the Maryland Terrapins when they played this past Saturday, losing 82-63. Forward Derrick Walker (16 points) and guard Sam Hoiberg (15 points) were the top scorers for Nebraska.

Meanwhile, Illinois was able to grind out a solid victory over the Wisconsin Badgers this past Saturday, winning 61-51. Guard Matthew Mayer took over for Illinois, finishing with 26 points (a whopping 43% of their total) along with six boards.

Nebraska have to know they'll be fighting an uphill battle given the 13.5-point spread they are up against. Now might not be the best time to take Nebraska against the spread since they've let down bettors for the past three consecutive games.

Nebraska's defeat took them down to 10-12 while Illinois' win pulled them up to 15-6. In their win, Illinois relied heavily on Mayer, who shot 5-for-11 from downtown and finished with 26 points and six rebounds. the Cornhuskers will need to find a way to minimize his impact if they want to win.

How To Watch

  • When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: State Farm Center -- Champaign, Illinois
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $6.00


The Fighting Illini are a big 13.5-point favorite against the Cornhuskers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Fighting Illini as a 14.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Illinois have won eight out of their last 11 games against Nebraska.

  • Jan 10, 2023 - Illinois 76 vs. Nebraska 50
  • Jan 11, 2022 - Illinois 81 vs. Nebraska 71
  • Feb 25, 2021 - Illinois 86 vs. Nebraska 70
  • Feb 12, 2021 - Illinois 77 vs. Nebraska 72
  • Feb 24, 2020 - Illinois 71 vs. Nebraska 59
  • Feb 02, 2019 - Illinois 71 vs. Nebraska 64
  • Dec 02, 2018 - Nebraska 75 vs. Illinois 60
  • Feb 18, 2018 - Illinois 72 vs. Nebraska 66
  • Jan 15, 2018 - Nebraska 64 vs. Illinois 63
  • Feb 26, 2017 - Illinois 73 vs. Nebraska 57
  • Jan 16, 2016 - Nebraska 78 vs. Illinois 67