Illinois vs Wisconsin Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Wisconsin (18-9) vs Illinois (21-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Kohl Center)

Betting Odds: Wisconsin Badgers -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college basketball action from Kohl Center. Illinois stands at 21-7 following a win voer Minnesota on Wednesday. As for Wisconsin, they’re 18-10 and coming off a loss to Indiana. Let’s get into our Illinois vs. Wisconsin prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini have remained steady this year and haven’t yet lost consecutive games. Illinois only fell in five of their first 19 outings. Since then it’s been a 7-2 run with wins over Indiana, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, Maryland, Iowa and Minnesota. The losses otherwise were versus Michigan State and Penn State.

In the Minnesota game on Wednesday, Illinois held a modest three-point lead by halftime. The Illini posted a 57-52 run from there and powered out the win 105-97, though. Terrence Shannon was the team’s leading scorer on 29 points with six boards. Marcus Domask added 22 points and seven rebounds.

Wisconsin Badgers

Over on the Wisconsin side, they were doing well with a 16-4 run through 20 games. The Badgers have faltered in their last eight though, going just 2-6. Those losses came versus Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan, Rutgers, Iowa and Indiana. The wins were over Ohio State and Maryland.

Back on Tuesday versus Indiana, the Badgers were down 38-33 going into the second half. Wisconsin hit a 37-36 run the rest of the way in a 74-70 defeat. Chucky Hepburn was the top scorer in the loss with his 15 points, six assists, seven rebounds and two steals.


I was going to take a stab on Wisconsin here, but the line looks promising for Illinois. You could call it either way, though. The Badgers didn’t play great versus Indiana, notching a 31-27 rebounding deficit and allowing a whopping 61.7 percent shooting from the field. Offensively Wisconsin wasn’t too bad though (43.5 percent shooting), and they had just three turnovers. The Badgers are playing well at home this year at 13-2. Getting back to Kohl Center should do them some good.

As for Illinois, they’re scoring great these days with 80 or more points in eight straight outings. The Illini will likely post another nice total in this matchup. I like Wisconsin to put up a good fight at home but I think Illinois can get in there for a cover/win if all goes well. Should be a great matchup. 

Andrew’s Pick Illinois Fighting Illini +2.5

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