Illinois Fighting Illini (14-6) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (12-7)
January 28, 2023 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +1 / Illinois Fighting Illini -1; Over/Under: 131.5
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college basketball action from Kohl Center. Illinois is 14-6 so far this year. The Illini took out Ohio State in their last matchup on Tuesday. As for Wisconsin, they’re 12-7 after a loss to Maryland on Wednesday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois went 11-5 over their first 16 outings, losing to Virginia, Maryland, Penn State, Missouri and Northwestern. The Illini have gone 3-1 since then, losing to Indiana with wins otherwise over Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State.
On Tuesday versus Ohio State, the Illini took a 34-26 edge into the second half. Illinois posted a 35-34 run from there and managed a victory 69-60. Leading the way in scoring for Illinois was Terrence Shannon with 17 points and seven boards.
Over on the Wisconsin side, they opened the year on an 11-4 run with losses to Kansas, Wake Forest, Illinois and Michigan State. Wisconsin has since hit a 1-3 run with losses to Indiana, Northwestern and Maryland.
In the Maryland game on Wednesday, the Badgers were down 32-28 by the break. Wisconsin was outscored 41-27 in the second half and lost 73-55. Leading the way was Connor Essegian with 19 points and four rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stick with Illinois. The Illini have had their ups and downs so far this year but win-wise they’re still a top five team in a very talented Big Ten Conference. Illinois is on a solid 5-1 run with a lone loss to Indiana, and they were able to beat Wisconsin 79-69 the last time these teams met up back on January 7. As for the Badgers, they’re just 1-5 in their last six games and struggling to find consistency. I don’t think they’ll keep a cover pace for the whole game here.