Illinois vs Wisconsin Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 28, 2023

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The Illinois Fighting Illini (14-6, 5-4 Big Ten) hit the court against the Wisconsin Badgers (12-7, 4-5 Big Ten) on Saturday at 3:00 PM ET in Big Ten action.

The Fighting Illini are currently slight 2-point favorites against the Badgers. The matchup has an over/under of 130.5.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Wisconsin

The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with sportsbooks listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -133 odds to pick up the win, while Wisconsin is listed at +112 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 130.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin
  • Arena: Kohl Center

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Betting Trends

Against the spread, Illinois is 12-8-0 this year. The Fighting Illini have been victorious in nine, or 64.3%, of the 14 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Illinois’ games this year have gone over the point total nine times in 19 opportunities (47.4%).

Wisconsin has eight wins against the spread in 19 games this season. The Badgers have put together a 3-6 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 33.3% of those games). Wisconsin’s games this season have gone over the point total 57.9% of the time (11 out of 19 games with a set point total).

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Illinois vs. Wisconsin Key Players to Watch


Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Fighting Illini at 18 points per contest, while also posting 3.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins is tops on his squad in both rebounds (6.2) and assists (3.4) per contest, and also puts up 9.7 points. At the other end, he delivers 1 steal and 1.2 blocked shots. Matthew Mayer is putting up 10.6 points, 1.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Dain Dainja posts 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per contest, shooting 69.9% from the floor (fifth in the nation).


Steven Crowl is the Badgers’ top rebounder (6.7 per game), and he posts 12.6 points and 2.7 assists. Chucky Hepburn leads the Badgers in assists (3.4 per game), and produces 12.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also posts 1.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Tyler Wahl is the Badgers’ top scorer (12.8 points per game), and he averages 2 assists and 6.1 rebounds. The Badgers get 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Connor Essegian.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

With 75.9 points per game on offense, the Fighting Illini are 80th in the nation. At the other end, they allow 64.3 points per contest, which ranks 49th in college basketball. Illinois is allowing 29.7 boards per game this season (103rd-ranked in college basketball), but it has provided a lift by averaging 36.4 rebounds per contest (22nd-best).

The Fighting Illini are averaging 78.4 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 8.4 more points than they’re averaging in road games (70). So far this season, Illinois is making 8.4 treys per game (78th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 32.6% (262nd-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Fighting Illini rank top-25 this year in three-pointers allowed, currently 20th-best in college basketball with 5.5 treys ceded per game. Meanwhile, they rank 91st with a 31.6% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.

The Fighting Illini are 6-4 against the spread and 7-3 overall over their past 10 contests. Illinois has hit the over in four of its last 10 games. Illinois has seen a decrease in scoring lately, racking up 72.6 points per game in its last 10 contests, 3.3 points fewer than the 75.9 it has scored this year. Illinois has been more porous on defense lately, giving up 65 points per game over its past 10 outings compared to the 64.3 points per game its opponents are averaging in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers put up 65.8 points per game and allow 63.4, making them 323rd in the country on offense and 35th on defense. On the boards, Wisconsin is 310th in the country in rebounds (29.2 per game). It is 289th in rebounds allowed (32.9 per game).

At home, the Badgers average 69.4 points per game. Away, they average 65. Beyond the arc, Wisconsin is 71st in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.5). It is 64th in 3-point percentage at 36.4%. The Badgers give up 6.4 3-pointers per game and concede 33.2% from beyond the arc, ranking 90th and 166th, respectively, in the nation.

The Badgers have one win against the spread, and are 5-5 overall, in their past 10 games. Wisconsin has gone over the total in seven of its last 10 outings. Over its past 10 games, Wisconsin is compiling 65.5 points per game, compared to its season average of 65.8. The Badgers are allowing 66.7 points per contest over their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 63.4 points allowed.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Illinois, and we predict that Illinois will cover the spread (Illinois -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 130.5 points.

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How to bet Illinois vs. Wisconsin

You can bet on Illinois vs. Wisconsin at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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