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College Basketball Matchup - Ohio State Buckeyes Illinois Fighting Illini Odds Preview

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March 10, 12:30 PM | Value City Arena

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds

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Value City Arena will host Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Buckeyes sport records of 22-7 and 15-12 ATS heading into this battle, while the Fighting Illini have 21-10 and 12-16 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-15-1 for the Buckeyes and 11-16 for the Fighting Illini.

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Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Ohio State Buckeyes as 10-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buckeyes - Fighting Illini odds would favor the Buckeyes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Ohio State is rated No. 22 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois is at No. 79. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-71 win for the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Fighting Illini is ranked No. 193 in NCAA hoops at 34.2 per game. Contrast that with Ohio State’s No. 123 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ohio State is the No. 166-ranked team in the country at 6.1 per game, while Illinois rates No. 30 at 8 per game.

Defensively, Illinois features the nation's No. 66-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.8 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 88 nationally in scoring at home.

Illinois lost its last outing, a 63-55 result against Iowa on March 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Brandon Paul scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Fighting Illini to a win (they lost 63-55 to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday).

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 67-58 winner as they battled Indiana on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Ohio State earned a 67-58 victory over Indiana on Tuesday, getting 18 points from Deshaun Thomas at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
After playing Iowa are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Fighting Illini at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Illinois's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Illinois is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Illinois is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Ohio State is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games at home
Ohio State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Illinois
Ohio State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 6 games when playing Illinois