Wisconsin vs. Illinois Pick
Can No. 10 Wisconsin stay atop the Big Ten tonight when it goes on the road to face Illinois tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is favored on the road tonight, as the Badgers are getting odds of -7.5 points against Illinois. The over/under total for the game is listed at 132.5 points. Wisconsin has won 10 straight against Illinois, covering the spread in nine of the 10 wins.
Wisconsin has won five straight, including two in overtime. The Badgers beat Rutgers 61-54 this weekend to move to 18-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is only 10-8 against the spread on the season, including 3-6 ATS on the road. The Badgers rely heavily on defense, allowing just 60.6 points per game. On the road, though, that numbers jumps way up to 74.6 per game. Offensively, Wisconsin averages 75.9 per game. Ethan Happ is averaging 14.5 points and 9 rebounds per game to lead the Badgers while Bronson Koenig is adding 14.4 points per game.
Illinois is coming off a 71-67 loss at Penn State this past weekend to drop to 13-9 overall and 3-6 in the Big Ten. The Illini are only 1-4 against the spread in their last five games to fall to 8-11-1 against the spread on the season. Illinois averages just 73.8 points per game this season on offense while giving up 72.5 on defense. At home, the Illini move the offensive average up to 80.5, while the defensive average dips to 69.8. Malcolm Hill is adding 17.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while Maverick Morgan adds 10.2 points per game.
Illinois has managed to play somewhat tough at home this season while Wisconsin has looked a little shaky on the road, failing to cover in their last three away from home. Illinois has managed to cover in three of its last four home games and I think they will have enough offense to keep tonight’s game with the Badgers interesting.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ILLINOIS +7.5