Wisconsin vs Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/17/24

Illinois (25-8) vs Wisconsin (22-12)

Game Info: Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

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In this article we will formulate a Wisconsin vs Illinois betting prediction for this college basketball game on Sunday, March 17th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Wisconsin recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Illinois recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Wisconsin
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Illinois
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Wisconsin and Illinois
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Wisconsin and Illinois

Wisconsin Preview

The Wisconsin Badgers are 22-12 (11-9) this year after they defeated Purdue in overtime by a score of 76-75 in their last game. Wisconsin was tied at 36 at the half and they were tied at 66 at the end of regulation, but they out scored Purdue 10-9 in overtime for the win. The Badgers shot 43.2% from the field and were -14 in rebounding margin in the game. Wisconsin defeated Northwestern by a score of 70-61 and Maryland by a score of 87-56 in the first two games of the tournament. The Badgers are scoring 74.7 points per game with 34.1 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game, while allowing 69.1 points against per game this year. AJ Storr is averaging 16.6 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 0.9 assists per game. Wisconsin is shooting 46.4% from the field, 75.8% on free throws, and 35.4% on three pointers this season. 

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Illinois Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 25-8 (14-6) this season after they defeated Nebraska by a score of 98-87 in their last game. Illinois trailed 51-40 at halftime, but out scored Nebraska 58-36 in the second half for the win. The Fighting Illini shot 46.4% from the field and made 13 three pointers in the game. Illinois has won six of their last seven games, with the lone loss coming against Purdue by six points. The Fighting Illini are scoring 83.7 points per game with 41.4 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game, while giving up 73 points against per game this season. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 21.9 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game. Illinois is shooting 47% from the field, 73.8% on free throws, and 34.9% on three pointers this year. 

Illinois Fighting Illini Team Facts

  • Illinois has won each of its last seven games against Wisconsin.
  • Fifteen of the last 16 games between Wisconsin and Illinois have produced a total of 148 or fewer points.
  • Illinois has won the first half in each of its last six games against Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Badgers Team Facts

  • Wisconsin has won each of its last five games played at neutral venues.
  • Thirty-three of Wisconsin's last 34 games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 149 or fewer points.
  • Wisconsin has lost the first half in four of its last five games against AP-ranked opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Illinois ranks 358th among Division 1 teams for opponent turnovers per game this season (8.8).
  • Illinois ranks 6th among Division 1 teams for rebounds per game this season (41.4).
  • Wisconsin ranks 359th among Division 1 teams for blocks per game this season (1.6).
  • Wisconsin ranks 10th among Division 1 teams for opponent rebounds per game this season (30.3).

Wisconsin vs Illinois Betting Prediction

Wisconsin came into this tournament after finishing the last few weeks of the regular season pretty poorly, but they have looked like a new team and will be playing for the Big Ten title here. The Badgers played very well against Purdue on Saturday and they were able to outlast them (and some questionable calls) for the overtime win. Illinois trailed Nebraska at halftime yesterday, but they played a great second half in the double-digit win. Illinois defeated Wisconsin in their lone regular season meeting by a score of 91-83 and I like them to pick up another win here. Wisconsin is the better defensive team, but I like the Illinois offensive attack and rebounding ability. Take the Fighting Illini here. 

David’s Pick Illinois -2.5

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