The Arizona Wildcats (8-0) and Illinois Fighting Illini (7-2) face off on Saturday at State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois.
The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. MST and can be seen on Fox.
Who will win the game?
Check out these picks, and predictions for the contest.
Arizona is a 2-point favorite in the game.
ESPN: Illinois has a 67.4% chance to win
The site’s Basketball Power Index gives Arizona a 32.6% chance to get the victory in the game.
SB Nation: Three of five experts pick Arizona to beat Illinois
Drew Pastorek writes: “Arizona defeated Wichita State 82-78 on Nov. 19. The Wildcats’ other five victories have been by an average of 39.8 points. They are absolutely cooking right now, and unless something changes significantly within the next week, I don’t think Illinois has the octane to knock them off – even with homecourt advantage.”
Matt Rejc writes: “I predict that the Illini will return to the rankings over the next few weeks, but Arizona is just too good this season. Even at home, it’s hard to predict a win against them.”
Paul Banks writes: “The Cats are just better than the Illini at this point in the season. Stage this in March and maybe it’s a different story, but 2021-22 Illinois basketball is still a ways away from being all that can or will be this term. I think that much is very clear.”
Herald & Review: Arizona, Illinois bring streaks into game on Saturday
It writes: “No. 11 Arizona looks for its ninth straight win as it faces Illinois, who has won five in a row. Arizona is looking to extend its eight-game winning streak, while Illinois has won five in a row. Illinois is a perfect 7-0 when it scores at least 71 points. The Fighting Illini are 0-2 when scoring any fewer than that. Arizona has held opposing teams to 34.7 percent shooting from the field this year, the third-lowest percentage among all Division I teams.”
Feld Level Media: Arizona playing at elite level entering game vs. Illinois
It writes: “Blessed with four double-digit scorers in their eight-man rotation, the Wildcats lead the country in scoring (91.6 points per game) and scoring margin (32.1 points per game). Teams are shooting just 34.7 percent from the field against them, which ranks third nationally. Arizona hasn’t played many tough opponents, but there are a few results that certainly will resonate with Illinois.”
Stat Salt: Take Arizona to beat Illinois in Saturday’s showdown
Bosun Akinpelu writes: “The Wildcats have been dominant offensively this season, scoring more than 90 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. They do a good job finding the open man and are one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country. “
Fansided: Arizona on upset alert vs. Illinois in game
Mike Phillips writes: “The Wildcats have been one of the Pac-12’s most pleasant surprises with Tommy Lloyd taking over a program in turmoil after Sean Miller’s departure and guiding the Wildcats to a perfect 8-0 start. Saturday’s trip to Champaign to take on Illinois is scary since the Fighting Illini have looked like a much different team since Kofi Cockburn returned from a three-game suspension to start the season. Illinois enters the week on a five-game winning streak and is more than capable of knocking off Arizona here.”
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