Illinois vs Wisconsin Prediction - Basketball Picks 1/28/23

Wisconsin Badgers (12-7) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (14-6)

Game Info: Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm (Kohl Center)

Betting Odds: Wisconsin Badgers +1 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Kohl Center. When these two teams faced off on January 7th it was Illinois that secured the 79-69 victory. 

Illinois Betting Preview

Illinois comes into this game with a 14-6 record overall and they have gone 12-8 against the spread. In the last game against Ohio State the defense gave up only 60 points and that led to the nine point victory. Illinois is averaging 75.8 points while their defense is giving up 64.3 points per game. The offense is ranked 83rd in the league while the defense is ranked 51st in the league. Terrence Shannon Jr is having a strong season averaging 18 points while shooting 44.9 percent from the field. 

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Wisconsin Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Wisconsin who sits with a 12-7 record and they have gone 8-11 against the spread. In the last game against Maryland, Wisconsin only scored 56 points and they ended up losing by 17 points. Connor Essegian had a strong game finishing with 19 points and four rebounds. The Badgers are averaging 65.8 points while their defense is giving up 63.4 points per game. The defense is ranked 36th, but the offense hasn’t been good enough. Tyler Wahl is averaging 12.8 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the three point line. 

Illinois vs Wisconsin Trends

Illinois is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games. The over is 7-1 in Wisconsin’s last eight games as an underdog. The over is 4-0-1 in Illinois last five games against a team with a winning straight-up record. 

Shane’s Free Pick

I really don’t trust this Wisconsin offense, and I don’t think they really trust it either. Wisconsin has been a good defensive team and they are going to really try to slow down the pace here. Look for both offenses to have some issues scoring, and this game is going to be lower scoring. Back the under to cash. 

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