NCAAB FREE PICK: Illinois +8.5
Ohio State vs. Illinois,
01/10/2012 21:00 EDT,
Score: 74 - 79
Point Spread: +8½/-102 Illinois
Great value on Illinois at home +8.5 over Ohio State. The Buckeyes are overvalued in this matchup after their 29-point win at Iowa on Saturday. Even with the win Ohio State is just 2-2 on the road with a horrible 1-3 record against the spread. Illinois is getting no credit at all despite coming into the game with a 14-3 record. The Illini are just 3-5 against the spread at home, but all of those losses came in games they were favored to win. The Fighting Illini are a perfect 10-0 at home this season.
Not only will Illinois be motivated to win as underdog in front of their home crowd, but they will be out for their first win against Ohio State in over 3 seasons. Last year the Buckeyes barely held on for a 73-68 win at Illinois. To give you an idea of how inflated the line is tonight. Ohio State was favored by just 3-points in that game last year. Take the points! BET ILLINOIS +8.5!