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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Fighting Illini underdogs vs Badgers at Illinois

Wisconsin Badgers Illinois Fighting Illini
17-5 February 04, 2014, 09:00 | State Farm Center 13-9



Illinois will look to improve on its 13-9 record on Tuesday when they host Wisconsin in NCAA basketball odds action at State Farm Center.

Illinois will face the 17-5 Badgers, who own a 11-10-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Fighting Illini are 8-11-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Badgers are 12-9 favoring the OVER.

View Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois sat as 4-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 202 (Fighting Illini) and the No. 45 (Badgers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

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Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 59-58 loser as they battled Ohio State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. The Badgers endured a 59-58 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Nigel Hayes at Kohl Center.

In their last action, Illinois was an 81-74 loser at home against Iowa. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. The Fighting Illini got 20 points from Joseph Bertrand, but it was Iowa that prevailed in an 81-74 final on Saturday at State Farm Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 205-ranked offense, averaging 67.82 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 26 at 63.32 PPG. The Fighting Illini field goal percentage has averaged 41.34% so far, less than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.69% per game.

Next up:
Wisconsin home to Michigan State, Sunday, February 9th
Illinois at Penn State, Sunday, February 9th