Wednesday's contest between the Illinois Fighting Illini (22-9) and Mississippi State Bulldogs (20-10) matching up at Purcell Pavilion has a projected final score of 69-67 (based on our computer prediction) in favor of Illinois, so expect a tight matchup. The game will begin at 7:00 PM ET on March 15.

The Fighting Illini are coming off of a 73-58 loss to Maryland in their most recent outing on Friday.

Illinois vs. Mississippi State Game Info

  • When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana
  • How to Watch on TV: ESPNU

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Illinois vs. Mississippi State Score Prediction

  • Prediction: Illinois 69, Mississippi State 67

Illinois Schedule Analysis

  • When the Fighting Illini took down the Iowa Hawkeyes (No. 3 in the AP's Top 25) on January 1 by a score of 90-86, it was their best win of the season so far.
  • The Fighting Illini have three wins over Quadrant 1 teams, tied for the 41st-most in Division 1.
  • Illinois has four wins over Quadrant 2 opponents, tied for the 43rd-most in the country.
  • The Fighting Illini have tied for the 43rd-most Quadrant 3 victories in the nation (seven).

Illinois 2022-23 Best Wins

  • 90-86 at home over Iowa (No. 3/AP Poll) on January 1
  • 72-64 on the road over Nebraska (No. 51) on February 9
  • 86-76 at home over Michigan State (No. 54) on January 29
  • 76-66 on the road over Missouri (No. 71) on December 18
  • 85-62 at home over Penn State (No. 111) on February 19

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Illinois Performance Insights

  • The Fighting Illini's +337 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 10.8 points per game) is a result of scoring 75.9 points per game (28th in college basketball) while giving up 65.1 per contest (200th in college basketball).
  • Illinois' offense has been less effective in Big Ten tilts this season, scoring 72.7 points per contest, compared to its overall average of 75.9 PPG.
  • The Fighting Illini are scoring 79.9 points per game this season in home games, which is 7.7 more points than they're averaging in road games (72.2).
  • Illinois surrenders 63.6 points per game when playing at home this season, compared to 67.4 on the road.
  • The Fighting Illini have seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 71.1 points per game in their last 10 outings, 4.8 points fewer than the 75.9 they've scored this year.