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    The top-seeded and defending champions, UConn, continued their journey towards a back-to-back national championship after blowing out San Diego State in a Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night. As a result, the Huskies will now face Illinois on Saturday to determine which team will advance to the Final Four.

    The UConn Huskies secured their spot in the Elite Eight after defeating San Diego State 82-52 on Thursday night. The Huskies have been dominating every round of the NCAA Tournament. UConn has shown no indication of letting off the gas, with a 39-point first-round victory over Stetson, a 17-point win over Northwestern in the second round, and a 30-point win over San Diego State to sweep a Sweet 16 win.

    Underdogs Illinois advanced with an upset, defeating No. 2 seed Iowa State 72-68 in a the Sweet 16. Terrence Shannon Jr. led the Fighting Illini with 29 points on Thursday night, sending Illinois to their first Elite Eight appearance since 2005.

    Who is in the Elite 8? Latest March Madness bracket results and updates

    Illinois vs. UConn predictions

    Peoria Journal Star: UConn 82, Illinois 75

    Wes Huett writes: “Illinois beat Iowa State in a contrast of styles, able to have its playmakers execute down the stretch. UConn will be a much larger task for the Illini, who must hope to keep it close enough to give players like Terrence Shannon a chance to be playmakers in big spots. But the Huskies are not the Cyclones, and we think they have enough to outrun the Illini.”

    Winners and Whiners:  Illinois +8.5

    Paul Biagioli writes: “Illinois is 10th in KenPom, and they have the 2nd most efficient offense in the country. San Diego State was 64th in offensive efficiency, the Illini present a whole new challenge for the Huskies. Illinois has the size inside to hang with UConn, and taking the best perimeter scorer left in the Big Dance with 8.5 points is the right play.”

    ESPN: Huskies have a 76% chance to win

    According to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor, the UConn Huskies have a 76.1% chance to beat the Illinois Fighting Illini in the Elite Eight game.

    Illinois vs. UConn: Odds, spread and lines for March Madness

    The Huskies are favorites to defeat the Fighting Illini in Saturday’s Elite Eight March Madness matchup, according to the BetMGM college basketball odds. Looking to wager? Check out the best mobile sports betting apps offering sports betting promos in 2024.

    Odds as of Friday.

    • Spread: UConn (-7.5)
    • Moneylines: UConn (-325); Illinois (+260)
    • Over/under: 156.5

    How to watch Illinois vs. UConn: TV, streaming and schedule

    When: Saturday, March 30 at 6:09 p.m. ET

    Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

    Cable TV: TBS

    Streaming: Paramount+

    How to watch NCAA Men’s Basketball March Madness 2024

    All games will be broadcast across CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. Here are additional streaming options to watch all the action on your devices.

    How to watch March Madness: Watch all tournament games with a subscription to fuboTV

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