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Illinois State Redbirds vs Wisconsin Badgers 12/29/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


The Illinois State Redbirds (8-5) will battle against the 24th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) at Kohl Center in Madison on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at 8:00 PM ET. Illinois State improved their record to 8-5 after winning four successive outings this season.


The Redbirds dispatched Chicago State, Quincy, Ball State, and just recently, the UTSA Roadrunners. Illinois State is in 3rd place at 1-0 in the MVC with an 8-5 overall standing while splitting their last two road outings this season.


The Redbirds earned an 11-point halftime lead over the Roadrunners while taking a 42-36 advantage after the break leading to their 81-64 victory. Guard Antonio Reeves nailed a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds while Forward Sy Chatman contributed 17 points in the win. Guard Mark Freeman dished out 8 assists for the Redbirds.


Illinois State averaged 80.4 PPG on 46.1% overall shooting and connected an average of 8.9 three-point shots per match on 38.5% efficiency from the three-point range on the year.


Guard Antonio Reeves led the offense for the Redbirds with an average of 20.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 1.1 SPG. Forward Sy Chatman contributed an average of 14.3 PPG with 6.5 RPG and 1.6 BPG while Guard Josiah Strong added an average of 12.8 PPG. Guard Mark Freeman chipped in 9.9 PPG for Illinois State.


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Illinois State Redbirds vs Wisconsin Badgers Predictions 12/29/2021


The 24th ranked Wisconsin Badgers improved to 9-2 after winning four of their last five contests including their recent stint versus Nicholls State. The Badgers will be hosting this inter-conference battle against the visiting Illinois State after winning five of their last six matches played at home this season.


Wisconsin took 8th place at 1-1 in the Big Ten Conference with an overall standing at 9-2 while winning five home outings on the year. The Badgers trailed a 9-point deficit to the Colonels in the first half but their offense peaked up after the break and gained a 43-31 lead resulting in their three-point win at 71-68 on December 15.


Only two Wisconsin players acquired a double-digit scoring in leading the team in triumph and Guard Brad Davison led the way with 19 points. Center Chris Vogt grabbed 7 rebounds with 9 points.


Guard Johnny Davis led the offense for the Badgers with an average of 20.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, and 1.6 SPG while Guard Brad Davison chipped in 15.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.7 APG. Forward Tyler Wahl contributed 8.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 1.5 APG for Wisconsin. The Badgers scored an average of 68.6 PPG on 40.2% FG with an average of 6.7 treys per match on 29.6% shooting from the rainbow territory.          


Illinois State Redbirds vs. #24 Wisconsin Badgers. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Illinois State +16. The Badgers are the better team here but they will be missing their leading scorer Guard Johnny Davis in this match-up due to non-COVID sickness. However, Wisconsin averages just 68.6 PPG with 6.7 three-point shots per contest while Illinois State recorded 80.4 PPG with an average of 8.9 triples per match. The prediction: Illinois State will win 73-68.   


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NCAAB Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET


Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI


Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2021


TV: B1G+


NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Illinois State Redbirds +16


NCAAB Totals: 139


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