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Wisconsin vs. Illinois - 2/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Illinois at Wisconsin
Date & Time Monday February 18, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Kohl Center
Madison, Wisconsin
The Line
The Line: Wisconsin -11.5 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
FS1
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers meet Monday in college basketball action at the Kohl Center.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 74.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Trent Frazier is averaging 14.7 points and 2.5 rebounds while Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 14.2 points and 3.2 assists. Giorgi Bezhanishvili is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Jordan is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost four of their last five road games.

The Wisconsin Badgers need a win here after splitting their last four games. The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 70.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Ethan Happ is averaging 18.4 points and 4.8 assists while D'Mitrik Trice is averaging 12.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. Brad Davison is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Reuvers is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wisconsin Badgers are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Wisconsin Badgers have split their last six home games.

The Fighting Illini are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The Badgers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Monday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Wisconsin and 6-19-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The under is 8-1 in Badgers last 9 overall. The over is 7-3 in Fighting Illini last 10 overall.

 The Illinois Fighting Illini are playing their best ball of the season during this four-game winning streak, which includes wins over Michigan State and Ohio State. The Wisconsin Badgers are riding back-to-back losses and can't score all of a sudden, as they're shooting just 41.6 percent from the field and averaging 59.6 points in their last five games. Things will probably even out, as Illinois isn't as good as it appears to be these past couple of weeks, and Wisconsin is certainly going to turn things around. However, based on the current form, Illinois and the free buckets doesn't seem like a terrible option. Besides, the meeting a few weeks ago was somewhat competitive and that was with Illinois not able to make anything offensively. 

Pick:
Illinois +11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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