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Ohio State vs Illinois Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 24th Betting Odds

Buckeyes vs Fighting Illini Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Ohio State Buckeyes at Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Where: Champaign at State Farm Center
  • Date: Tuesday, January 24th
  • Betting Odds: Ohio State +3.5, OHIOST +141 | ILL -177 O/U 145.5

Buckeyes Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Illinois, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 11-8. On the road, the Buckeyes will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Buckeyes have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Ohio State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh who is averaging 17.53 points per game for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buckeyes’ offensive game plan is the play of Justice Sueing who has hit 44.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.95 points per game.

On offense, Ohio State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 643rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Buckeyes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. So far, 39.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.

Fighting Illini Preview:

Through 19 games, the Illinois Fighting Illini have an overall record of 13-6. So far this season, Illinois has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-2. The Fighting Illini’s are sitting with a betting line that is -3.5 points in their favor. For the season, Illinois has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 11-5.

Illinois will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Terrence Shannon Jr. who is averaging 18.05 points per game for the Fighting Illini. Jr. is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Fighting Illini’s offensive game plan is the play of Matthew Mayer who has hit 43.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.47 points per game.

So far this season, Illinois has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.8 points per game (66th). This strong figure has come despite the Fighting Illini playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.7% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Illinois’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%

Free Spread Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini -3.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Illinois Fighting Illini sitting as -3.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Illinois and Ohio State are averaging 9.23 and 8.1 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Illinois has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Fighting Illini to cover at -3.5.

 


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