Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers - 1/31/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (12-9) at Illinois Fighting Illini (10-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Wisconsin Badgers will travel to play the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big 10 game on Sunday.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 10-11 (2-6) and are coming off of a loss to Ohio State by a score of 68-63. Illinois has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently 11th in the Big 10 standings. Illinois does have a win against Purdue, which was clearly their best conference game. Illinois is averaging 73.7 points per game while giving up 75.7 points per game. Illinois is also averaging 32.2 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.3 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for Illinois. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 17.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 35.8% on three-pointers, and 43.4% on all field goal attempts.
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The Wisconsin Badgers are 12-9 (4-4) and are coming off of a win against Indiana by a score of 82-79. Wisconsin has won 3 games in a row and is currently tied for 8th in the Big 10. Wisconsin has conference wins against Michigan State and Indiana, who were both ranked and in the top half of the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin is averaging 69.5 points per game while giving up 65.2 points per game. Wisconsin is also averaging 36.3 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game. Nigel Hayes is averaging 17 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game for Wisconsin. Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.5 points per game and 2.2 assists per game for the Badgers. Wisconsin is shooting 71.3% on free throws, 34.1% on three-pointers, and 42.8% on all field goal attempts.
Wisconsin is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 4-1 in Wisconsin’s last 5 road games. Illinois is 2-7-3 ATS in their last 12 home games. Illinois is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The over is 9-3-1 in the Illinois last 13 conference games. The over is 7-2 in these two teams last 9 meetings.
Wisconsin has picked up their play over the past few games, while Illinois has struggled during conference play. Illinois is also battling some injuries, which will only make it more difficult for them in this matchup. I think the difference will be Wisconsin’s defense in this game.