Illinois vs Wisconsin Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Saturday, January 7, 2023

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The Wisconsin Badgers (11-2, 3-0 Big Ten) aim to extend a six-game winning streak when visiting the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-5, 0-3 Big Ten) at 1:30 PM ET on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at State Farm Center.

Saturday’s matchup between the Fighting Illini and the Badgers sees the Fighting Illini as a strong, 7.5-point favorite. 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 7.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -342 odds to pick up the win, while Wisconsin is listed at +269 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 130.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 1:30 PM ET
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Arena: State Farm Center

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Betting Trends

In the Illinois’ 14 games this year, it has seven wins against the spread. The Fighting Illini have come away with four wins in the eight contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Illinois’ games this year have hit the over 46.2% of the time (six out of 13 games with a set point total).

In Wisconsin’s 13 games this year, it has eight wins against the spread. The Badgers have won three of the four games they were the moneyline underdog this season (75%). Wisconsin has hit the over 53.8% of the time this year (seven of 13 games with a set point total).

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Illinois vs. Wisconsin Key Players to Watch


Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Fighting Illini with 17.1 points per game and 3.2 assists, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins leads his squad in both rebounds (6.4) and assists (3.6) per game, and also averages 9.3 points. At the other end, he puts up 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocked shots. Dain Dainja is putting up 10.6 points, 0.4 assists and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Matthew Mayer puts up 10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, shooting 43.5% from the field and 36.2% from downtown with 1.8 made 3-pointers per contest.


Steven Crowl is No. 1 on the Badgers in rebounding (6.5 per game) and assists (3.2), and posts 11.9 points. He also posts 0.3 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. Tyler Wahl leads the Badgers in scoring (13.2 points per game), and puts up 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He also delivers 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Chucky Hepburn gets the Badgers 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He also delivers 1.9 steals and 0 blocked shots. Connor Essegian gets the Badgers 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He also puts up 0.8 steals and 0 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

This season, the Fighting Illini are posting 76.8 points per game (89th-ranked in college basketball) and surrendering 64.4 points per contest (64th-ranked). So far this season, Illinois is pulling down 36.4 boards per game (34th-ranked in college basketball) and ceding 29.4 rebounds per contest (94th-ranked).

Illinois is 47th in the nation with 9 three-pointers per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 245th with a 32.6% shooting percentage from downtown. With 6.2 treys conceded per game, the Fighting Illini rank 74th in the nation. They are allowing a 33.1% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 193rd in college basketball.

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What you need to know about the Wisconsin Badgers

Offensively the Badgers are the 269th-ranked team in college basketball (68.5 points per game). Defensively they are 26th (61.2 points allowed per game). Wisconsin grabs 30.5 rebounds per game and concede 32.5 boards, ranking 272nd and 255th, respectively, in the country.

Beyond the arc, Wisconsin is 55th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.8). It is 26th in 3-point percentage at 38.2%. Giving up 6.5 3-pointers per game and conceding 30.3% from downtown, the Badgers are 105th and 68th in the nation, respectively, in those categories.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Illinois, and we expect that Wisconsin will cover the spread (Illinois -7.5). 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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