The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to build on their first win since New Year’s Day when they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Tuesday night. Ohio State snapped its five-game losing streak with a 93-77 victory over Iowa on Saturday, easily covering the 3.5-point difference. Illinois had won four straight games before its 80-65 loss to Indiana last Thursday, so it will be looking to get back on track.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm ET. The Fighting Illini are favored by 4 points in the last installments of Illinois vs. Ohio State from Caesars Sportsbook, while the plus/minus is set at 144.5. Before entering any Ohio State vs. Illinois, you’ll want to see the model’s college basketball predictions on SportsLine.
The SportsLine projection model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 12 of the 45-26 season on all top-rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,100 for $100 players. Anyone who has followed him has seen big gains.
Now, the model has set her sights on Illinois vs. Ohio State. You can head over to SportsLine to see their picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Illinois vs. Ohio State:
- Spread between Illinois and Ohio State: Illinois -4
- Illinois vs. Ohio State plus/minus: 144 points
- Illinois Money Line vs. Ohio State: Illinois -180, Ohio State +152
- Illinois vs. Ohio State: See the picks here
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Why Illinois May Cover
Illinois was dealing with some fatigue leading up to its game against Indiana last week, having been playing multiple games a week for three straight weeks. The Illini have had plenty of time to rest since that loss, so they should be a much fresher team going into this matchup. Meanwhile, Ohio State is away from home for the third time in four games and has lost five of its last six games.
Buckeyes forward Zed Key injured his left knee after a dunk with 21 seconds remaining against Iowa, and his availability for this game is unknown. Key is the team’s third leading scorer (12.1) and top rebounder (8.1), so his absence would be a blow. Illinois has won and covered four of its last five games, while Ohio State has only won and covered once in its last six games.
Why Ohio State can cover
Ohio State’s losing streak wasn’t as bad as it seems, with all five losses by seven points or less. The Buckeyes were able to end that streak on Saturday, earning a 93-77 victory as small favorites against Iowa. Freshman Brice Sensabaugh scored a season-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including a mark 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
Veteran point guard Isaac Likekele added a double-double for the Buckeyes, scoring a season-high 18 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Illinois is coming off one of its worst performances of the year, losing to Indiana by 15 points despite being a 6-point favorite. Ohio State has covered the spread in eight of its last 12 trips to Illinois, and has won 11 of the last 15 outright.
How to Predict Between Illinois and Ohio State
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So who wins Illinois against Ohio State? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on – everything from the advanced model who is 45-26 in his highest-rated college basketball picks this season – and find out.