College Basketball Picks for 1/27/23
3:00 PM EST
Wisconsin +1.5 over Illinois (loss)
Wisconsin is looking to get back in the winner’s circle after a few games without Max Klesmit, but we will get him back today. The Badgers are only good enough to win with all of their key players. Klesmit will return today at home, and I expect the Badgers to bring their A-game. Illinois has not played a demanding schedule this year, and now it’s showing as they are just average in the BIG 10 this year. The home-court advantage will be the difference today. Take Wisconsin
4:00 PM EST
Mississippi State +2.5 over TCU (win)
Both teams have played weak out of conference schedules, so it will take a couple more weeks to find out how good their defenses are. Both teams are elite on defense. Mississippi State has so many veteran players who stress playing tough defense and a slow tempo to limit turnovers. The Bulldogs have lost many close contests, and today at home should have a chance to win a conference game. Look for Tolu Smith and D.J. Jeffries to get the Bulldogs out of a slump this afternoon. Take Mississippi State.