Wisconsin vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
|Wisconsin||J Berggren 11.9||R Evans 7.5||B Brust 2.9|
|Illinois||B Paul 17.6||B Paul 4.7||T Abrams 3.3|
On Sunday, Illinois plays host to Wisconsin at Assembly Hall (IL). The game tips off at 3:30 EST and it can be seen on Big Ten Network. The Fighting Illini lost to the Badgers 74-51 on January 12th and are 4-6 against them over the last four years.
Illinois is in 10th place in the conference, Wisconsin is in 5th place.
The Fighting Illini fell 80-75 to Michigan State on January 31st. Tracy Abrams finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the loss. On top of his scoring average of 11.5 points per game, he delivers 3.8 rebounds per game. For the Badgers, Jared Berggren finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds in the 58-49 loss to Ohio State on January 29th. With 11.9 points per game and 1.8 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Wisconsin will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: turnover percentage at 14.8 and defensive rebounding percentage at 73.9.
- The Illinois three-point leader (D.J. Richardson) has more three-pointers than the Wisconsin three-point leader (Ben Brust).
- Even computers respect Illinois more. We have a better RPI this season than Wisconsin (RPI: #28 vs #50).
- Illinois has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Wisconsin according to Kiplinger (64% vs 50%).
- Illinois is better under pressure, and has defeated Wisconsin in 4 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- Illinois is a better free-throw-shooting team (71.7% vs 60.8%) than Wisconsin this season.
- The Illinois scoring leader (Brandon Paul) has more points than the Wisconsin scoring leader (Jared Berggren).
- The Illinois basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Wisconsin (100% vs 70%).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Illinois has a stronger schedule than Wisconsin this season (SOS Rank: #12 vs #36).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Illinois has had more players drafted by the NBA than Wisconsin (6 vs 3).
- Illinois has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (68.57% to 60.35%).