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Illinois vs Wisconsin Basketball Predictions & Best Bets

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Illinois is on the road playing Wisconsin at the Kohl Center stadium on Saturday, 1/28/2023 @ 3:00pm EST. Illinois -1 was the opening favorite and line hasn't moved.

In the Badger State, two Big Ten teams will battle for victory on the hardwood. Saturday afternoon, the Illinois Fighting Illini will face the Wisconsin Badgers on the road. On Tuesday night, Illinois covered the line as a four-point favorite to defeat Ohio State 69-60 at home. Wisconsin was beaten 73-55 by Maryland in their previous game, failing to cover the line as a five-point underdog. Having won the last five meetings between these teams, the Fighting Illini hold an all-time advantage of 79-55. January 7 was the first time the two teams met this season, and the home team won 79-69.

Fighting Illini look to drop the Badgers for the sixth straight time

Taking down Ohio State at home, Illinois won for the fifth time in their last six games. With a 5-4 record in conference play, the Fighting Illini improved to 14-6 overall. At intermission, Illinois led Ohio State by eight points after taking a two-point lead with under six minutes to play in the first half. With a 14-5 run in the opening four-plus minutes of the second half, the Fighting Illini built a 48-31 lead and never relinquished it. The Fighting Illini shot 40.7% from the field, including five of 28 from three-point range, and controlled the boards by a 44-30 margin. Terrence Shannon Jr. led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Turning Things Around For The Wisconsin Badgers

As a result of Maryland's rather easy victory over Wisconsin on the road in their previous game, Wisconsin dropped their second straight game. This season, the Badgers have a 4-5 record and are tied for ninth in the conference with a 12-7 overall record. Wisconsin led Maryland 32-23 with 2:11 to play in the first half, but a 12-0 run over the next three minutes erased its three-point lead. Despite taking a four-point lead at intermission, the Badgers gave up a 17-8 run in the first five minutes of the second half to fall behind 49-36. In the end, they came up just eight short of winning. With Connor Essegian leading the Badgers with 19 points, the Badgers shot 39.6% from the floor, including seven of 17 from beyond the arc. Maryland shot 56% from the field.

Due to COVID-19 issues, Wisconsin has rescheduled two games and lost two of them. In previous years, the Badgers possessed a dominant scoring option and a veteran leader who carried the team. The Wisconsin Badgers are without Johnny Davis and Brad Davison this season. With five players putting up more than nine points per game, Illinois defeated Ohio State. The team has also played well this year, and they have effective leadership. We expect Illinois to win here by taking advantage of Wisconsin's struggles.

Illinois Highlights

With a power ranking of 23, Illinois is ranked #85 in offense (scoring an average of 75.85 per game), #54 in defense (allowing an average of 64.30 points to be scored against them per game) and are 14-6 (12-8 ATS) this season.

Wisconsin Highlights

Wisconsin Badgers has a power ranking of 292 and are #310 for offense (scoring an average of 66.39 per game), #30 for defense (giving up an average of 64.30 points per game) and 12-7 (8-11 ATS) overall. Illinois went 0-3 (0-3 ATS) in their last 3 matchups against Wisconsin.

Curated Picks & Predictions

  • From the lines set by Sportsbooks, they predict the score to be ILL 64.75, WISCN 66.75.
  • The SportsJaw community predicts Illinois Fighting Illini to cover (54%)
  • OddsShark predicts Illinois will win, cover the spread, and the total will go over.
  • 65% picked Illinois Fighting Illini on
  • Our ScoreCaster predicts Fighting Illini 74 to Badgers 69.

Staff Prediction

Our prediction: Fighting Illini 74 to Badgers 69.

Written by SportsJaw Staff
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Power Rankings[ - ]

Illinois Fighting Illini
Wisconsin Badgers
FG %
3 PT %
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3 PT %

Last 10 Games Stats[ + ]

Illinois Fighting IlliniIllinois

vs OSUW 69-60
40.68FG %
88.89FT %
53 PT %
vs INDYL 65-80
38.71FG %
39.13FT %
83 PT %
vs MINNW 78-60
50FG %
64.29FT %
53 PT %
vs MSUW 75-66
45FG %
83.33FT %
63 PT %
vs NEBW 76-50
45.9FG %
66.67FT %
83 PT %
vs WISW 79-69
47.17FG %
73.08FT %
103 PT %
vs NWESTL 60-73
39.66FG %
60FT %
83 PT %
vs COOKW 85-52
49.15FG %
70.37FT %
83 PT %
vs MIZZUL 71-93
40.32FG %
73.68FT %
73 PT %
vs ALA&MW 68-47
42.11FG %
56.52FT %
73 PT %

Wisconsin BadgersWisconsin

vs MARYLL 55-73
39.62FG %
85.71FT %
73 PT %
vs NWESTL 63-66
38.6FG %
56.25FT %
103 PT %
vs PSUW 63-60
42.59FG %
62.5FT %
73 PT %
vs INDYL 45-63
32.14FG %
36.36FT %
53 PT %
vs MSUL 65-69
45.45FG %
75FT %
93 PT %
vs ILLL 69-79
43.75FG %
41.67FT %
83 PT %
vs MINNW 63-60
43.64FG %
77.78FT %
83 PT %
vs WMUW 76-66
51.85FG %
61.54FT %
123 PT %
vs LEHW 78-56
51.67FG %
62.5FT %
113 PT %
vs IOWAW 78-75
50.77FG %
54.55FT %
63 PT %

Injuries[ - ]

Illinois Fighting IlliniIllinois

  • GLuke Goode (Is out indefinitely, Foot)
  • GSkyy Clark (Is out indefinitely, Left Team)

Wisconsin BadgersWisconsin

  • GJahcobi Neath (Is out for season, Lower Body)
  • GMax Klesmit (Is "?" Saturday vs Illinois, Upper Body)

Infographics & Predictions[ - ]

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Illinois vs Wisconsin prediction and stats

The Fighting Illini have a stronger offense and both teams have a compariable defense. The Fighting Illini won more games straight up and against the spread over their last 3 matchups. Adjusted score predictions based on power rankings and strength of schedule: Fighting Illini 73 to Badgers 65.


Illinois Injuries

  • G Luke Goode Is out indefinitely, Foot
  • G Skyy Clark Is out indefinitely, Left Team

Wisconsin Injuries

  • G Jahcobi Neath Is out for season, Lower Body
  • G Max Klesmit Is "?" Saturday vs Illinois, Upper Body

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Illinois vs Wisconsin infographic

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