ILLINOIS 70 #10 MICHIGAN STATE 69
Why am I picking Illinois to win this game? Because it doesn't make any sense. It didn't make sense for Illinois to beat a top five team in Ohio State. It doesn't make sense for Iowa to clobber Michigan and beat the Badgers at the Kohl Center. It doesn't make sense for Nebraska to beat Indiana, regardless of where the game is played. It doesn't make sense for Penn State to beat Purdue by 20, and it doesn't make sense for Northwestern to beat Michigan State by seven points. Why has all of this stuff happened? Because it's conference basketball and you never know what you're going to get. If you want to try to figure out why Illinois has a chance, you can look at the last three road games for Michigan State. They needed OT to beat Wisconsin, and then they lost to Northwestern and Michigan. The road hasn't been easy for anyone, and that can lead to some crazy upsets. Illinois winning this game is unlikely, but if they were able to click on all cylinders, we all know what they are capable of.
What do you guys think? Can Illinois take out another top 10 team at home or am I crazy? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Prediction standings will be updated after this game on Tuesday. Have a good one.