Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Fighting Illini vs Badgers CBB Odds
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(10-15) Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers (17-8)
Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Kohl Center, Madison, WI.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Badgers -12.5
CBB Betting Total: 135
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Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois started 0–5 in the Big Ten, then 1–7, then 2–8, but it has won four in a row to get back into the thick of the conference standings.
The Illini started the four game streak with three at home, beginning with a win over the struggling Cornhuskers, then a shock over Michigan State, followed by a third win over Rutgers. It took that momentum on the road to Ohio State this week and beat the Buckeyes, too.
A big three has emerged in the form of Trent Frazier, Ayo Dosunmo, and Giorgi Bezhanishvili. They are all averaging over 12 points per game and have been even better than that of late.
Illinois has attempted about 100 more field goals than its opponents in the Big Ten this season. Part of the reason is that the Illini send opponents to the line a lot (343 opponent attempts is the worst mark in the conference) but another is the way it takes the ball away. Illinois has forced 223 turnovers in conference play, the most of the 14 teams.
But taking it away from an always disciplined Badgers team will be difficult, especially after Wisconsin has taken back-to-back losses to the powers that be in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin’s turnover numbers as an offense are low, the second-lowest, nationally, and the second-lowest in the Big Ten during conference play. Ethan Happ averages three per game, which is easily the most on the team and he’s a center.
Happ has flaws, among them his 44.5 percent free throw percentage, but he’s a terrific post player who will take home numerous awards at the end of the regular season. He averages 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game on 54.5 percent from the field.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in ILL last 9 Mon. games.
- Over is 7-3 in ILL last 10 overall.
- Over is 7-3 in ILL last 10 vs. Big Ten.
- Under is 8-1 in WIS last 9 overall.
- Under is 8-2-2 in WIS last 12 Mon. games.
- WIS are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Mon. games.
- Favorite is 20-6-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
- ILL are 6-19-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
Free Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers NCAAB Prediction: Wisconsin in a bit of a dog fight.
I think Illinois could be for real but it hasn’t done enough to get into the NCAA Tournament yet. I don’t see it going down easy but Wisconsin is going to be determined to snap the losing streak at home.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Illinois ATS
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Illinois 68 – Wisconsin 70
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