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On Wednesday, legislative leaders in Connecticut unveiled their latest proposal to establish sports betting and broader casino and lottery betting. The measure allows for online sports betting as well as other casino gambling expansions.
Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney (D-New Haven) said the state must capture iLottery and sports betting revenue. Looney noted that the legislation is dependent on Governor Ned Lamont negotiating changes to the state compact with tribes in relation to sports betting. The legislative session will begin on February 5th.
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Minnesota (+5.5) vs #19 Illinois – 7:30 PM
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-9) take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (15-5) tonight in Champaign. Minnesota has now lost two of their last three games after falling to Michigan State 70-52 in their last game. Illinois has won their last six games after they lost to Michigan State, with their most recent victory coming against Michigan 64-62.
Minnesota’s offensive numbers don’t look great on paper, but according to KenPom, they have a Top 25 offense in terms of efficiency. However, they are just 189th in total points scored per game behind their 242nd-ranked FG% and 237th-ranked 3PT%. Their numbers are a little more promising on defense as they allow the 106th-fewest points per game.
Illinois has been the more consistent team on both sides of the ball this season. The Fighting Illini are 79th in points scored per game and 61st in points allowed per game. Illinois is a very good team when it comes to shooting from the field (44th) but they struggle from deep (278th). The Fighting Illini are a Top 100 free-throw shooting team as well.
This Minnesota team is better than their record and numbers might suggest. They have had one of the toughest schedules in the country this season, trailing only Kansas in S.O.S.They’ve even had a tough non-conference schedule (82nd) while Illinois had one of the easiest (324th). I’ll take the points here on a solid Minnesota team in a tough Big Ten game, even on the road. I expect this to be a close one that might come down to the final shot to see who wins this game. The formula has Illinois taking this one 67-65.