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College basketball point spread favors Buckeyes in battle with Fighting Illini

Ohio State BuckeyesIllinois Fighting Illini
19-6February 15, 2014, 08:00 | State Farm Center14-11

The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Fighting Illini in Illinois at State Farm Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Buckeyes will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 12-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Fighting Illini are 10-12-2 ATS. Ohio State is 10-14 against the total, while Illinois is 9-13-1 versus the number.

View Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Fighting Illini installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Fighting Illini at No. 241 and the Buckeyes at No. 64 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 70-60 loser as they battled Michigan at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. LaQuinton Ross scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Buckeyes to a win (they lost 70-60 to Michigan at Value City Arena on Tuesday).

In their last action, Illinois was a 67-58 loser on the road against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Fighting Illini got 23 points from Rayvonte Rice, but it was Nebraska that prevailed in a 67-58 final on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 216-ranked offense, averaging 66.92 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 9 at 59.32 PPG. The Fighting Illini field goal percentage has averaged 41.06% so far, less than the Buckeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.47% per game.

A few Buckeyes at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Ohio State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Ohio State is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games
Illinois is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ohio State home to Northwestern, Wednesday, February 19th
Illinois at Minnesota, Wednesday, February 19th