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College Basketball Matchup - Wisconsin Badgers Illinois Fighting Illini Odds Preview

Illinois Fighting IlliniWisconsin Badgers
Jan 12, 2:15 PM | Kohl Center

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds

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The visiting Illinois Fighting Illini hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Kohl Center against the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Fighting Illini will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Badgers are 4-9 ATS. Illinois is 7-6 on the totals; Wisconsin is 5-6.

View Illinois vs Wisconsin Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Badgers as 6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Badgers at No. 83 and the Fighting Illini at No. 41 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-76 result in favor of the Badgers.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Wisconsin's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 70.6 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense rated No. 165 and allowing 65.8 PPG. The Badgers FG% has averaged 44.3% to date this season, more than the Fighting Illini shooters have managed so far (43.6% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 170-rated mark, allowing 70 points per game on the highway. Wisconsin, on the other hand, rates No. 103 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois, they were an 84-67 loser as they battled Minnesota at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog. Brandon Paul scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Fighting Illini to a win (they lost 84-67 to Minnesota at University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Wednesday).

In their last action, Wisconsin was a 47-41 winner on the road against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. Jared Berggren scored 13 points leading the Badgers to a 47-41 victory over Nebraska at Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Northwestern are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Nebraska are 2-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Fighting Illini at Badgers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin
Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin
Illinois is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 6 games when playing Illinois
Wisconsin is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Illinois

Next up:
Illinois home to Northwestern, Thursday, January 17
Wisconsin at Indiana, Tuesday, January 15