Ohio State at Illinois Pick and Preview
- Updated: January 20, 2009
College Basketball Betting Preview
Ohio State (13-3) at Illinois (15-3)
Tuesday, 7:00 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Illinois – 7.5 , Total TBA
Illinois will look for a little revenge against Ohio State as the teams meet on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes won both regular season contests last season against Illinois, winning 74-58 at Illinois and 64-58 in Columbus and Ohio State has won the last five meetings between the two teams overall. The Illini lead the all-time series 100-64 over Ohio State, and Illinois leads 59-23 in games played at Champaign. The Buckeyes, however, carry a five-game winning streak over the Illini into Tuesday night’s game. SBG Global reports that early College basketball line has the public taking Illinois at Home.
Illinois has won 19 of its last 23 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 57 points per game. Illinois is second in the conference and is 24th in the country in scoring margin at 13.1 points per game.
Ohio State freshman William Buford was the Big 10 player of the week as Ohio State won at home against Indiana and at Michigan. Buford averaged 17 points and six rebounds per game. Four players, two sophomores and two freshmen, average 10 or more points in Big Ten Conference play this season for the Buckeyes. Evan Turner is averaging 15.6 points per game while Buford is next at 14.6 points per game. Sophomore Jon Diebler averages 13.6 points per game and freshman B.J. Mullens adds 10.8 points per game.
Here are the College Basketball betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Buckeyes are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buckeyes are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Fighting Illini are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big Ten. The home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings between the two teams.
SBG Global Current Line: Illinois – 7.5 , Total TBA
The Under is 4-0 in the Buckeyes last 4 road games. The Over is 6-1 in the Buckeyes last 7 Tuesday games.
The Under is 7-1 in Illinois’ last 8 home games. The Under is 5-2 in Illinois’ last 7 overall. The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams but the Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Illinois.
Pick: Ohio St +7.5 3units
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