Wisconsin Badgers take on Fighting Illini in NCAA basketball test
Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Wisconsin Badgers at University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.
The Fighting Illini sit at 15-7 (8-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Badgers are currently 14-7 (6-13 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Illinois is 8-10 OU, and Wisconsin is 6-11 OU.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois sat as 1-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 46-rated Wisconsin taking on the No. 63-rated Fighting Illini in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 77-71 win for the Badgers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 69 nationally ranked offense (72.3 points per game) against a Badgers defense that sits as the No. 7 at 55 PPG. The Fighting Illini have been averaging 42.9% from the field, less than the Badgers have managed so far this season (43.2% on average).
Defensively, Wisconsin features the nation's No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.3 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 133 nationally in scoring at home.
Wisconsin was a 58-49 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Ohio State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Wisconsin got 12 points from Traevon Jackson but lost anyway, 58-49, to Ohio State on Tuesday at Value City Arena.
Illinois was an 80-75 loser in its last match on the road against Michigan State. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Illinois got 16 points from Tracy Abrams but lost anyway, 80-75, to Michigan State on Thursday at Breslin Center.
Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Iowa are 9-1
After playing Ohio State are 8-2
After a loss are 9-1
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 4-6
After playing Michigan State are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
A few Badgers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 5 games on the road
Wisconsin is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Wisconsin is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois's last 6 games when playing at home against Wisconsin
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games when playing Wisconsin
Illinois is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home
Wisconsin home to Iowa, Wednesday, February 6
Illinois home to Indiana, Thursday, February 7