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Illinois vs. Ohio State - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (13-8) at Illinois Fighting Illini (10-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +1 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 10-10 this season and they have lost five of their last seven games. Illinois is averaging 74.2 points per game and they are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 76 points and their opponents are shooting 46.9 percent. Malcolm Hill leads the Illini averaging 18.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 17.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, Michael Fimke is averaging 9.4 points, and Jalen Coleman-lands is averaging 8.9 points. Illinois is 5-4 at home and 2-5 in the Big Ten.

Illinois vs. Ohio State - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 13-8 this season and they have lost three of their last five games. Ohio State is averaging 71.3 points per game and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39.2 percent. Marc Loving leads the Buckeyes averaging 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds, Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, and JaQuan Lyle is averaging 9.9 points. Ohio State is 1-4 on the road and 5-3 in the Big Ten.

Illinois is 2-6-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games, 0-4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 0-4-3 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. Ohio State is 5-17-1 against the spread in their last 23 road games, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they allowed less than 50 points.

The first game between these two in Columbus was very close with OSU eeking out the win but I expect Illinois to turn the tables here. 

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