Can't Bet Northwestern Wildcats Games From Illinois

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Don Shapiro
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The Northwestern Wildcats have at times played good football in recent years but in 2023 it's all about basketball.  If you live in Illinois, BetUS (now celebrating 29 great years in business) is one of the few options to place bets on your beloved Wildcats via your mobile devices.  That's because the Illinois regulated apps do not allow for betting in-state schools online.  You can only do so in person at one of the state's retail sportsbooks.


Northwest entered the Big Dance in a game against Boise State opening as the +1.5 dog despite being a higher seed (7 compared to the Broncos No. 10).  The line has since shifted in their favor (-1.5).

The Wildcats had gone 21-11 on the season Straight Up and were a solid 19-13 Against The Spread.

Northwestern is a bit of a stranger to the NCAA Tournament.  They've gone five consecutive losing seasons before making a nice run for the post season in 2023.  In fact, 2017 was their only previous appearance at the Big Dance, where they made it into the round of 32.

"We let our (2017) momentum slip," Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. "We kind of had to start from scratch again. So to build it twice at a place that has no history for basketball is pretty special. It's something that means a lot to me, because you can't do it alone."

Boo Buie averages of 17.1 points and 4.5 assists per game for Northwestern while fellow guard Chase Audige is averaging 13.8 points per game along with a team-high 76 steals.  You can place prop bets on both players at BetUS throughout the tournament.

- Don Shapiro,

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