Wisconsin vs. Illinois - 2/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (17-8) at Wisconsin Badgers (22-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers meet Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have won four straight games and look for their second ranked win. On the season, Illinois is averaging 71.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn is the third double-digit scorer and Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.6 assists. The Illinois Fighting Illini have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 79.2 percent from the line and 36.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.5 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 58 or less points in five of its last six games.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won seven straight and are chasing a Big Ten title. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 73.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and is allowing 56.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Gasser is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Wisconsin Badgers have five players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 76 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Fighting Illini are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Badgers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Wisconsin and 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
Illinois is starting to get on a roll lately and the return of Rice is only going to help keep things rolling. Wisconsin has been horrible ATS much of all season, so I like the value of the double-digit points here.