College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: Illinois vs. Wisconsin
A pair of Big Ten programs tip off in one of this evening’s featured college basketball matchups. The
Illinois Fighting Illini hit the road to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. The visitors are heating up after
a tough start to the season, while the hosts have lost back-to-back games to conference powerhouses.
Date/Time/TV: Mon. Feb.18, 8:00 PM EST, FS1
Spread: Wisconsin Badgers -11 (-110)
The Fighting Illini have won four straight games, a span which includes a 5-point home victory over
Michigan State. Last Thursday, the team was on the road at Ohio State, and they exited the building
with a 7-point win. For the year, Illinois is 10-15 (11-14 ATS).
The Badgers had won six in a row prior to dropping two straight. The team welcomed Michigan
State to town last Tuesday, and they came out on the wrong side of a 67-59 decision. On the year,
Wisconsin is 17-8 (14-11 ATS).
Illinois Fighting Illini
It was a challenging start to the season for Illinois, which was punctuated by a five-game losing
streak which stretched from December into January. The team is playing much better of late with a
mark of 6-4 (5-50 over the last 10. Life on the road has been tough for the Fighting Illini, as they are
just 1-6 (4-3 ATS) thus far.
Team totals stand at 13-11-1 with the Over coming in for four of the last six. Trent Frazier tops the
team with 14.7 ppg, while Ayo Dosunmu is next up with 14.2 ppg. Giorgi Bezhanishvili is
contributing 12.2 ppg and 5.0 boards.
The Badgers recent six-game winning streak included victories over a pair of ranked conference foes.
That was followed by two straight losses to conference heavyweights Michigan and Michigan State.
Wisconsin is 6-4 (6-4 ATS) over the last 10, and they bring a home record of 9-3 (6-6 ATS) to the
Team totals skew towards the los side at 10-14. The Under has come in for the last three in a row.
Ethan Happ is the biggest force for Wisconsin. He’s averaging 18.4 ppg, 10.5 boards, and 4.8 dimes.
D’Mitrik Trice chips in with 12.7 ppg, while Brad Davison adds in 11.0 ppg.
Illinois vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Theses two programs hooked up last month in Illinois, with the visitors walking away with a 12-point
victory. Wisconsin easily covered as 4-point road favorites. The Badgers are a perfect 10-0 versus the
Fighting Illini over the last 10, with totals checking in at 4-6 over that span.
The Badgers are the better team on paper and should extend their recent run of dominance over their
conference rival. However, Illinois is playing well of late and should make a game of it. We’ll take
the visitors plus 11 in a contest which could be closer than expected.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini +11 (-110)