Illinois State at Wisconsin: 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Illinois State at Wisconsin: 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) vs Illinois State Redbirds (8-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Kohl Center)

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The Illinois State Redbirds and Wisconsin Badgers face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the Kohl Center. This is the first meeting in recent years between the two squads. 

The Illinois State Redbirds come into this game with an 8-5 record overall and they have gone 5-6 against the spread. The last game came against UTSa and the offense was elite in that game scoring 81 points. In each of the last four games Illinois State has scored at least 81 points. Illinois State is averaging 80.4 points while their defense is giving up 76.8 points per game. Antonio Reeves has been the top player for Illinois State averaging 20.8 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players who are averaging at least 12 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Wisconsin Badgers who sit with a 9-2 record and they have gone 7-4 against the spread. Two games ago against Ohio State, Wisconsin really struggled to score only 55 points. In the last game against Nicholls State, Wisconsin did enough to win but they still gave up 68 points in that game. Wisconsin is averaging 68.6 points while their defense is giving up 61.2 points per game. The top player for the Badgers has been Johnny Davis who is averaging 20.9 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. 

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Wisconsin is 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight games played on Wednesday. The over is 5-0 in the Redbirds last five games as an underdog. The over is 5-1 in Illinois State’s last six games as an underdog. Wisconsin is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as favorites. 

Illinois State does a good job of keeping the tempo fast, and the last game for Wisconsin wasn’t a strong defensive game. I expect this to be an up-tempo game, and Wisconsin should have no issue scoring against this Redbirds defense. Look for this game to be fast-paced and for the over to cash.

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