Ohio State vs. Illinois - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (8-6) at Ohio State Buckeyes (9-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -8 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Sunday in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 9-5 this season and they have won their last five games. Ohio State is averaging 75.9 points and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.9 points and their opponents are shooting 37.9 percent. Marc Loving leads the Buckeyes averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds, Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds, and JaQuan Lyle is averaging 8.9 points. Ohio State appears to have been ignited by their win over Kentucky.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 8-6 this season and are coming off of a loss to Michigan that ended a five game winning streak. Illinois is averaging 75.9 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.6 points and their opponents are shooting 46.3 percent. Kendrick Nunn leads the Illini averaging 19 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, Michael Finke is averaging 10.1 points, and Jalen Coleman-Lands is averaging 8.9 points. Illinois lost their only road game so far this season.
Ohio State is 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine games, and 4-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Illinois is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 1-4-1 against the spread following a loss, and 7-2 against the spread following a double-digit home loss. The home team is 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
Ohio State isn’t the same team we have seen in recent years but Illinois is hurting since the loss of Mike Thorne Jr. and I don’t see them keeping this one close enough to cover.