Will Illinois become Rutgers’ latest victim?

The Illinois Fighting Illini have a tough test against Rutgers this week, making them one of the most interesting picks in college basketball in Week 15.

Upheavals are what make the college basketball season so great. A team that’s having a moderately consistent season can push themselves into the bubble with a great run against tournament teams, which Rutgers accomplished over the past week.

The Scarlet Knights knocked out three consecutive ranked teams earlier this week, including last week’s upsets of Ohio State and Wisconsin (on the road no less), to put themselves on the map. The crazy season also saw other top dogs fall as Kansas, Auburn and Texas Tech were all upset last week by teams that needed wins to boost their resumes.

Two of those teams are on high alert again this week, while Rutgers is also in line to claim another casualty in its March Madness campaign. Read on for the top college basketball upset picks of Week 15.

Week 15 College Basketball Upset Picks

No. 15 Wisconsin at Indiana – Tuesday

The Badgers are freshly upset by Rutgers and now have to hit the road against an Indiana team that is much better at Assembly Hall than they are on the road. The Hoosiers are 13-2 at home with wins over Purdue and Ohio State in the mix, making it a dangerous place for Wisconsin on Tuesday night as Indiana needs another big win to make up for it. suspicious losses to Northwestern and Penn State.

No. 12 Illinois at Rutgers – Wednesday

This game got a whole lot tougher for Illinois, which beat Rutgers by 35 at Champaign in December and narrowly scuffed by Northwestern at home on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights are currently playing their best basketball and are looking to rack up marquee wins to make up for questionable losses in non-conference games against teams like DePaul, Lafayette (at home) and UMass.

Auburn No. 2 in Florida – Saturday

The Tigers finally lost last week, but an emerging trend for Auburn is that they’re having huge trouble on the road in SEC play, falling to Arkansas after escaping tight calls against Missouri low-feeders and from Georgia. That’s good news for Florida, who are the hottest team in the SEC at this point, and who really need to knock Auburn down to keep a spot on the right side of the cut line.

Kansas No. 6 at West Virginia – Saturday

Any time a Big 12 power hits the road, it’s a potentially deadly place because there are no pushovers in the nation’s top conference. Kansas will be tested in Morgantown against a very talented West Virginia team that slipped from the bubble thanks to a 3-8 start in the conference, a run they hope to end by eliminating the Jayhawks at home.

No. 8 Providence at Butler – Sunday

The Brothers have become accustomed to playing in tight games this season, going 9-0 in games decided by five points or less earlier in the week. Playing with fire that will often end up burning a team and it could happen here with a road trip to Butler, as the Bulldogs are playing much better basketball lately. Don’t let Butler’s 2-3 record over their last five games fool you as the Bulldogs picked up a win over Marquette while all three losses came by a total of seven points.

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