Planning on watching today’s Fighting Illini and Buckeyes game? Catch the action at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Buckeyes hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on PEAC. Illinois is favored by -2.5 in this Big Ten conference contest against Ohio State. The game’s over/under currently sits at 150 points.


The Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes +2.5

This game will be played at Value City Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 30th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Buckeyes.
  • Not only will Ohio State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Do the Fighting Illini Have a Shot at a Road Win?

Illinois will look to improve upon their 3-3 road record when they take on Ohio State. The Fighting Illini have gone 15-5 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten play.

So far this season, Illinois has been favored in 16 games and has gone 13-3 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin on the road is +6.7 compared to +16.4 at home.

Illinois has an overall ATS record of 10-8-2 this season. As the favorite, the Fighting Illini have gone 7-8-1 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-1-1, including a 2-1 record in their last three road games.

Today’s over/under line of 150 is higher than the average over/under line in Illinois’ games this year (147). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 8-2.

The Illinois offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Indiana. Overall their field goal percentage was 37.1% while connecting on 7 threes. The top scorer for the Fighting Illini was Marcus Domask with 16 points, while Terrence Shannon Jr. also chipped in with 12 points.

So far, the Fighting Illini’s defense is ranked 98th in the country at 68.6 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Illinois’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.8% this season.

Does Ohio State Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

Ohio State will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on Illinois. So far this season, the Buckeyes are 13-7 overall and 3-6 in Big Ten play. At home, Ohio State is 10-2, and they have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games at Value City Arena.

For the year, the Buckeyes have been underdogs four times, and they have gone 1-3 in those games. As underdogs, the team has an average scoring margin of -2.0 points per game. Ohio State’s average scoring differential at home is +12.9, and they are coming off an 83-58 loss to Northwestern.

As the underdog this season, Ohio State has a 1-3 record vs. the spread. Their ATS mark for the year is 6-14. At home, the Buckeyes are 4-8 vs. the spread this season and they have gone 1-2 ATS in their last 3 home games.

Today’s over/under line of 150 is higher than the average over/under line in Ohio State’s games this season (143.5). So far, 17 of their 20 games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 145 points.

In contrast to their season average of 75.2 points per game, the Ohio State had a below average performance. They scored 58 points against Northwestern and had a field goal percentage of 34.1%. Offensively, the Buckeyes hold a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, placing them 226th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 207th in terms of percentage and 185th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Buckeyes’ defense holds the 91st rank in the nation, allowing 68.2 points per game. Ohio State’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Northwestern offense to knock down 57% of their shots on their way to putting up 83 points.