Pregame: Illinois at Wisconsin, Saturday, January 28th, 2:00pm CT, FOX

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Illinois at Wisconsin
Saturday, January 28th
2:00pm CT
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Winning at Wisconsin is always tough, and they are full strength. But we have a good chance with a road kill mentality, "defense travels". Hit some shots, shut down Hepburn's 3's, play tall down low without fouling, .... and then we have a good shot at winning.
Do we let Wisky slow the tempo down, as they usually try to do....or do we try and speed them up and play a faster paced game???.....Not sure which would benefit the Illini more....
I'm kind of hoping Wisconsin wins tonight. Another loss would put their record at 1-5 in the last 6 games. Obviously it's still early., but they are clearly on the oustide of the bubble right now. Another loss would have them feeling very desperate to win at home against us. If they win maybe they come in with some confidence that we can immediately shatter.

Anyone else feel the same? Not sure if the stats back this up, but I feel like in a conference full of good coaches that have complete buy in from their players, those desperate teams respond with big time performances.
This would be three straight wins at the Kohl Center, which we have never ever done before. :oops: (Keep in mind that UW didn't start playing there until the 1999.) To get a 3-game winning streak in Madison, in general, you have to go back to Wisconsin's "dark years" when they were effectively Northwestern ... from 1979 through 1988, the Illini won TEN STRAIGHT in Madison! :cool:

I can't track down the total numbers, but I remember seeing once that (at least at one time) we had one of the best records as an opponent in the Kohl Center, and it has included some really memorable wins over the years!

2021: #5 Illinois 74, #23 Wisconsin 69 ... Playing without Ayo, we completely controlled the game only for the Badgers to start making every shot they took down the stretch and make it a game.
2020: Illinois 64, Wisconsin 58 ... One of Ayo's legendary "ice" shots! I don't know about anyone else, but this road win is when I really started to believe in the Underwood Era. It was also, IIRC, the birth of "Road Warriors" as an identity for this program!
2010: Illinois 63, #11 Wisconsin 56 ... I vaguely remember McCamey "cracking the code" on the Badgers defense, continuing to successfully drive to the lane and we pretty much won by hitting our free throws.
2006: #6 Illinois 66, Wisconsin 51 ... Domination the year after that '05 win (below) felt really good.
2005: #1 Illinois 75, Wisconsin 65 ... "Something's gotta give!" was the tageline for this one, and it was a truly legendary game. The undefeated, #1 Fighting Illini busted a 38-game home winning streak for Wisconsin, overcoming a second half 10-point deficit behind some CLUTCH shooting from my boy Jack Ingram!

This is a very winnable game if the effort is there ... as is pretty much any game for the rest of the season, so BRING IT!

Illinois 68
Wisconsin 59


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This will be a challenge. Wisconsin has reeled as of late, but a couple of their losses were less Wahl (including vs us). Outside of the Illini and IU road games, their four other losses were by 4 or less points. Not to mention, Wisconsin is always a tough out at home.

Compared to the first game where we were solid favorites, I expect the spread for this game to be much tighter (maybe Illini -1.5).

I am glad we will be relatively rested compared to Wisconsin. That may be the difference in a tightly contested game down the stretch. If the Illini bring the same intensity as last night, I expect a victory (the magnitude will depend on how well the team hits their free throws).
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