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Fighting Illini open as college hoops underdog vs Buckeyes

Illinois Fighting IlliniOhio State Buckeyes
Feb 21, 7:00 PM | Value City Arena

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds

16-11TEAM RECORD22-5

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Tuesday when the Ohio State Buckeyes try to run the Fighting Illini off the court at Value City Arena in college hoops action.

Ohio State will face the 16-11 Fighting Illini, who own a 9-16 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 11-11-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Fighting Illini are 14-11 favoring the OVER.

View Illinois vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 16.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 166-rated Illinois taking on the No. 3-rated Buckeyes in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 83-68 win for the Buckeyes on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Ohio State's No. 73-rated squad against Illinois's No. 256-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Ohio State rates No. 297 in the country with 4.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 191 nationally with 6 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 168-rated mark, allowing 69.8 points per game on the highway. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 52 in scoring at home.

Illinois was an 80-57 loser in its last match on the road against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Fighting Illini were hammered by Nebraska on Saturday, losing by an 80-57 final at Bob Devaney Sports Center in college basketball betting action.

Ohio State lost its last outing, a 56-51 result against Michigan on February 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite. The Buckeyes got a 25-point effort from Deshaun Thomas, who added 13 rebounds, but Michigan still managed to defeat Ohio State 56-51 Saturday at Crisler Arena.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing Iowa are 3-7
After playing Nebraska are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing Wisconsin are 9-1
After playing Michigan are 8-2
After a loss are 10-0

A few Fighting Illini at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio State is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games at home
Ohio State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Illinois
Ohio State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Illinois
Ohio State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Illinois home to Iowa, Sunday, February 26
Ohio State home to Wisconsin, Sunday, February 26