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Illinois vs. Ohio State - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +6 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the United Center on Wednesday night.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be looking for another win to build on their 7-1 start to the year after a 79-59 win over Minnesota in their last outing. Andre Wesson led the Buckeyes with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes while Kaleb Wesson came right behind with 15 points and 6 rebounds. C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each had 11 points, with Jackson adding 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Jallow went a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor with 3 assists. Kyle Young and Duane Washington Jr. each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Ohio State in the win, with Young adding a team-high 8 rebounds while Washington Jr. added a pair of triples and 3 assists. Kaleb Wesson leads Ohio State with an average of 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while Keyshawn Woods leads the Buckeyes with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 78.4 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 38% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line this season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will look to bounce back after losses in 5 of their last 6 games after a 75-60 loss to Nebraska in their last outing. Giorgi Bezhanishvili led the Illini with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds, while Kipper Nichols added 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and Ayo Dosunmu chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Illinois in the losing effort. Trent Frazier chipped in 9 points and a team-high 4 assists as well in the loss for the Fighting Illini. Frazier still leads Illinois with an average of 14.7 points and 3.4 assists per game while Bezhanishvili leads the Illini on the glass with 4.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Illinois is averaging 77.4 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 40.6% from behind the arc and 67.5% from the foul line this season.

Ohio State is 5-23 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 division games. Illinois is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

The underdog has had the success when these two teams meet over the last couple of years, so the points with Illinois as an underdog are tempting with this being pretty much a home game for the Fighting Illini. However, Ohio State is the better team have had success against tough opposition, and while Illinois have had a few close calls lately, I just see the Buckeyes winning this one comfortably by double-digits.

Pick:
Ohio State -6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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