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Wisconsin vs Illinois Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Badgers vs Fighting Illini Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Wisconsin Badgers at Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Where: Champaign at State Farm Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Wisconsin +6.5, WISC +237 | ILL -293 O/U 131.0

Badgers Preview:

Wisconsin will take the floor against the Fighting Illini with an overall record of 11-2. On the road, the Badgers will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 3-1. So far, the Badgers have been the underdog 4 times, going 3-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.

Important to the outcome of the game, is if Tyler Wahl will be able to suit up for the Badgers’. Heading into play, Wahl leads the team at 13.15 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 43.3% while also adding 6.38 rebounds. Even if Tyler Wahl ends up playing, Wisconsin will be counting on Chucky Hepburn to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Hepburn is the Badgers’ second leading scorer at 12.23 points per game. So far, he has hit 40.4% of his field goal attempts.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Wisconsin this season, as they are currently ranked 219th in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Badgers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.2%, placing them 410th in the NCAA.

Fighting Illini Preview:

The Illinois Fighting Illini head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 9-5. Currently, the Fighting Illini have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. The Fighting Illini’s are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Illinois has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 7-4.

Illinois will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Terrence Shannon Jr. who is averaging 17.14 points per game for the Fighting Illini. Jr. is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Fighting Illini’s offensive game plan is the play of Dain Dainja who has hit 74.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.57 points per game.

So far this season, Illinois has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.8 points per game (66th). This strong figure has come despite the Fighting Illini playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.7% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Illinois’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%

Free Spread Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers +6.5

Our betting model for this contest between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Illinois Fighting Illini has identified Wisconsin at +6.5 as today’s best bet. Although the Badgers are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at away. Over the school’s last 10 road games, they have a record of 7-3 vs the spread. Although Illinois has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Badgers’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Wisconsin to cover as +6.5 point road underdogs.

 


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