Wisconsin Badgers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 2/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (12-14) at Wisconsin Badgers (16-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -11 -- Over/Under: 134.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to play the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten game on Sunday.
The Wisconsin Badgers are 16-10 (8-5) and are coming off of a loss to Michigan State by a score of 69-57. Wisconsin has won 7 of their last 8 games and is currently 8th in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin defeated Illinois by a score of 63-55 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Wisconsin is averaging 69.2 points per game while giving up 64.6 points per game. Wisconsin is also averaging 35.9 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per game. Nigel Hayes is averaging 16.7 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game for Wisconsin. Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.4 points per game and 2.6 assists per game for the Badgers. Wisconsin is shooting 70.5% on free throws, 35.9% on three-pointers, and 42.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 12-14 (4-9) and are coming off of a win against Rutgers by a score of 82-66. Illinois has lost 2 of their last 3 games and is currently 12th in the Big Ten standings. Illinois does have a good conference win against Purdue earlier in the season. Illinois is averaging 73.7 points per game while giving up 75.2 points per game. Illinois is also averaging 32.7 rebounds per game and 13.8 assists per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game for Illinois. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 73.7% on free throws, 36.1% on three-pointers, and 42.9% on all field goal attempts.
Illinois is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. Illinois is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 games following at ATS win for Illinois. Wisconsin is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. Wisconsin is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games. The under is 4-1 in Wisconsin’s last 5 games. The over is 7-3 in these two teams last 10 meetings.
Wisconsin is the better team in this matchup and should be able to win at home. Wisconsin finds success on the defensive end, while Illinois is allowing over 75 points per game. Wisconsin also is the better rebounding team in this matchup. Despite the struggles that Illinois has had this season, they have been able to play in some close games. Wisconsin knows they can’t afford a slip up here if they want to get into the tournament, so I am going with the Badgers to win by double digits.