Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/4/14
Wisconsin Badgers (17-5) at Illinois Fighting Illini (13-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers face off on Tuesday in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Illinois Fighting illini are free falling in the Big Ten going 2-7 thus far and they are all alone in last place. Illinois is 9-3 at home this season, 2-3 in Bug Ten hoem games, and 0-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 16.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Tracy Abrams is averaging 12 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 11 points and 5.2 rebounds, and Jon Ekey is averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. Illinois is averaging 67.8 points and they are shooting 41.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Illinois was a NCAA Tournament team a year ago but they don’t look like they will be one this season.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have lost five of their last six games and dreams of a top seed in the NCAA Tournament have faded to looking for answers that they haven’t seem to have found. Wisconsin is 4-5 in the Big Ten, 7-2 on the road this season, and they are tied for fifth place in the conference standings. Sam Dekker is the Badgers leading scorer averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Ben Brust is averaging 13.2 points, Frank Kaminsky is averaging 12.9 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.8 points. Wisconsin is averaging 73.5 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Wisconsin is just struggling to put up points.
Illinois is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 1-5 against the spread following a loss. Wisconsin is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 against the spread following a loss. Wisconsin has covered the point spread in the last six meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and I will update this with my free pick shortly after the totals are released so please check back. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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