The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to build on their first win since the New Year when they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Tuesday night. Ohio State ended its five-game losing streak with a 93-77 win over Iowa on Saturday, easily covering the 3.5-point spread. Illinois had won four straight games before their 80-65 setback against Indiana last Thursday, so they’ll be looking to get back on track.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. The Fighting Illini are favored by 4 points in the latest Illinois vs. Ohio State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 144.5. Before you enter an Ohio State vs. Illinois selection, check out the model’s college basketball predictions at SportsLine.
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Now the model has set its sights on Illinois vs. Ohio State. You can go to SportsLine to see the selection. Here are several college basketball odds for Illinois vs. Ohio State:
- Spread Illinois vs. Ohio State: Illinois -4
- Illinois vs. Ohio State Over/Under: 144 points
- Illinois vs. Ohio State: Illinois -180, Ohio State +152
- Illinois vs. Ohio State Picks: See picks here
Featured Game | Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Why Illinois can cover
Illinois struggled with some fatigue going into their game against Indiana last week after playing multiple games a week for three weeks. The Illini have had plenty of time to rest since that loss, so they should be a much fresher team going into this encounter. Meanwhile, Ohio State is going 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 left against Iowa and his availability for that game is unknown. Key is the team’s third-best scorer (12.1) and leading rebounder (8.1), so his failure would be a major blow. Illinois has won and covered the spread in four of their last five games, while Ohio State has won and covered just once in their last six games.
Why Ohio State Can Cover
Ohio State’s losing streak wasn’t nearly as bad as it sounds, with all five losses yielding seven points or fewer. The Buckeyes were able to put an end to that slippage on Saturday and, as a slight favorite, defeated Iowa in a 93-77 win. Star freshman Brice Sensabaugh posted a season-high 27 points with 10 of 12 shooting, including a 4-of-5 mark from 3-point range.
Veteran 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 results of the year, losing to Indiana by 15 points despite being a 6-point favorite. Ohio State has reported the spread in eight of its last 12 trips to Illinois and won 11 of the last 15 meetings outright.
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