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Wisconsin vs Illinois Basketball Picks 3-2-24

Illinois Fighting Illini (21-7) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (18-9)
March 2, 2024 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -1.5; Over/Under: +154
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Kohl Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Illinois vs Wisconsin prediction.

Illinois Offense is Elite

Illinois offense has been elite heading into this game, and in the last game against Minnesota they scored 105 points. Illinois shot 61.3 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from behind the three-point line. Terrence Shannon Jr had a strong game putting up 29 points and six rebounds. Illinois is averaging 84.5 points while their defnese is giving up 72.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 11th in the league and the yare going to need the offense to run up the score here. Shannon Jr is averaging 21.9 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

What Has Happened to Wisconsin? 

Wisconsin looked like one of the best teams in earlier in the season but they have really struggled the last month. In the last game against Indiana, Wisconsin scored 70 points, but the defense gave up 74 points. Wisconsin is averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 68.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 116th while the defense is ranked 92nd. AJ Storr has been the top player averaging 16.2 points while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from behind the three point line. Wisconsin will meet Rutgers and Purdue after this one.

Illinois vs Wisconsin Betting Prediction 

Illinois is going to continue its success, even on the road. Illinois is averaging 84.5 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The defense is ranked 92nd for Wisconsin but they are going to really struggle here to defend. Wisconsin should score a few, but they won’t have their best offensive game of the season and Illinois is going to get the job done. Back Illinois against the spread. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Illinois +1.5

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Shane Mickle

Sports is about all Shane knows in this life! He has a passion for sports and writing, which makes working for Sportschatplace a perfect job for him! If you find him cheering for a team it's usually a Minnesota team, or the Kansas Jayhawks!

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