Wisconsin Badgers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/8/14
Illinois Fighting Illini (13-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (15-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Wednesday at the Kohl Center in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Wisconsin Badgers are off to a 15-0 start and are ranked fourth in the nation. Wisconsin is 2-0 in Big 10 play, 9-0 at home this season, and 2-0 against teams ranked in the top 25. Sam Dekker is leading the Badgers averaging 14.1 points per game. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. Wisconsin is averaging 75.1 points per game and they are shooting 46.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Wisconsin is coming off of a four-point come from behind win over Iowa.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini have won their last four games in a row and are ranked 23rd in the nation. UI is 1-1 on the road, 2-0 in the Big Ten, and 1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 18.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Tracy Abrams is averaging 12.9 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Jon Ekey is averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Illinois is averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.6 points and their opponents are shooting 39.5 percent. Illinois is getting it done on the defensive end of the court and that has been the difference maker for them.
Wisconsin is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 6-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Illinois is 3-0-2 against the spread in their last five games, 2-6-1 against the spread against the Big Ten , and 2-0-2 against the spread following a win. The Favorite is 12-3-1 against the spread in the last 16 meetings of these two.
This one looks to be about pace and defense so my free pick is on the under even at the low number. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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