Ohio State vs. Illinois - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. Illinois - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini (20-9) at Ohio State Buckeyes (20-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5

TV: ESPN

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 72.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kofi Cockburn is averaging 13.6 points and nine rebounds. Andres Feliz is the third double-digit scorer and Trent Frazier is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won four of their last six road games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 71.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Kaleb Wesson is averaging 14 points and 9.3 rebounds while Duane Washington Jr. is averaging 10.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. D.J. Carton is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Young is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won five straight home games.

The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Illinois Fighting Illini head into this contest playing some of their best ball of the season and have proven they can win on the road, but betting against OSU at home isn't an option for me. The Ohio State Buckeyes win at home by an average of 17.6 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from deep. The Ohio State Buckeyes are also 12-4 against the spread at home. We've backed Ohio State all season at home and there's no reason to back down now.

Randy’s Pick Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.