Sunday, February 21, 2016
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The Illinois Fighting Illini travel to Kohl Center to play the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, February 21, 2016. The opening line for this game has Wisconsin as 11 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 144.
The Fighting Illini come into this game with an overall record of 12-14 and a road record of 2-5. They are 12-11 against the spread and their over/under record is 12-11. The Badgers have an overall record of 16-10 and a home record of 11-5. They have an over/under record of 13-13 and they are 13-12 against the spread.
Malcolm Hill comes into this contest averaging 18.5 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Fighting Illini. He pulls down 6.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%. Kendrick Nunn averages 16.5 points per game in 35.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.7 assists per contest and 5.3 rebounds per game for Illinois. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Nigel Hayes averages 16.7 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per contest this year for the Badgers. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%. Bronson Koenig averages 13.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Illinois averages 73.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 146th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -1.5 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 215th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 103rd in the country. They average 32.7 rebounds per game and 13.8 assists per game which ranks them 301st and 131st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 10.2 per game. The Fighting Illini allow 75.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 242nd in the nation. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 281st and 309th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.8 rebounds a game which ranks 274th and they give up 14.8 assists per contest which puts them in 282nd place in the country. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 105th in the Division 1.
Wisconsin averages 69.2 points per game this year which ranks them 252nd in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 4.6 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 216th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 116th in the nation. They average 35.9 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per contest which ranks them 172nd and 291st respectively. In the turnover department the Badgers rank 42nd with 11.2 per game. The Badgers allow 64.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the country. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 129th and 330th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 31.5 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 10.3 assists per contest which puts them in 11th place in the nation. The Badgers force 12.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 222nd in college basketball.
The Fighting Illini average 73.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 67.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 0.7 per contest. The Fighting Illini have an offensive rating of 103.3 and they assist on 54.1% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69.7 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Illinois turns the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 46.4% while their offensive rebound percentage is 22.1%. The Fighting Illini give up 76.2 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 67 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Badgers score 73.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 66.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 4 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 8.1 points per game. The Badgers have a rating on offense of 106.5 and 47.6% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 64.4 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Wisconsin turns it over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.3% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 35.4%. The Badgers give up 65.2 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 62.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 12-11 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 12-11 against the over/under
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
The Wisconsin Badgers are 13-12 against the spread
The Wisconsin Badgers are 13-13 against the over/under
Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
12/20/15 F Leron Black Knee out for season
11/14/15 G Tracy Abrams Achilles out for season
02/12/16 F Mike Thorne Jr. Knee out for season
Wisconsin Badgers Injuries
12/14/15 G Riley Dearring Personal has left team
12/04/15 G Brevin Pritzl Foot out indefinitely
11/13/15 F Andy Van Vliet Eligibility out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Illinois
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