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Illinois vs. Wisconsin Predictions, Odds, Preview

Feb. 27, 2021
Thom Cunningham
NCAA BK Expert

A huge Big Ten Conference game sees the Illinois Fighting Illini hit the road to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. Tip is set for 2 p.m. (ET) and will air on ESPN from the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Illinois-Wisconsin Betting Odds

  • Spread: Wisconsin -2
  • Money-Line: TBD
  • Total: 137.5

Odds Subject to Change

Wisconsin is the slight home favorite, given a -2-point spread against the Illini. Wisconsin has failed to cover 13 of 24 games this season, while Illinois has covered the spread in 13 of its last 23 games.

The point total is set at 137.5, which could go in either direction based on both school's trends. Illinois has gone OVER the point total in 13 of 23 games, while Wisconsin has gone UNDER the point total in 13 of 24 games.

Andre Curbelo and the Illinois Fighting Illini are still competing for a potential No. 1 seed in the March Madness Tournament. (AP)

Betting Analysis – Illinois Fighting Illini

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 17-6
  • ATS: 13-9-1
  • SU - Home: 11-2
  • SU - Away: 6-4
  • O/U: 13-9-1

Illinois is fighting for a No. 1 seed in the March Madness Tournament, despite being one of three recent victims to Michigan State's current rampage tour. Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn are as good of a pair as any in the nation, while Andre Curbelo continues to progress without having to be the leader (yet).

Curbelo being able to lean on Cockburn or Dosunmu will help him grow down the line, but the current leading guard outside Dosunmu is senior Trent Frazier. These four players are a main reason as to why Illinois averages the 16th-most points per game in the nation, along with an offensive efficiency rating of 112.3 (ranks 26th).

They rank 17th in total rebounds per game (40.1) and 24th in total assists per game (16.8). Their weakness is the free throw line, only hitting 68.7% of their shots which ranks 237th in the nation. None of this matters if Dosunmu is out though, which is expected. Check on his status, as his availability might dictate the winner here.

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