Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Fighting Illini vs Buckeyes CBB Odds
Looking for Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Fighting Illini taking on the Buckeyes on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the The Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Fighting Illini Buckeyes matchup.
9-15 (0-6 A) Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes 16-7 (10-4 H)
Date: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: The Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Buckeyes -9.5
CBB Betting Total: 141
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After being left for dead after beginning what was a disastrous beginning to the Big Ten slate, the Ohio State Buckeyes have fought themselves back into vying for positioning. They are currently in seventh place in the conference only four game behind the Iowa Hawkeyes while desperately seeking yet another victory.
The Fighting Illini of Illinois has also done well for themselves lately as they have picked up victories in their last three outings, including four in their last five games. Their offense has even awakened a bit after scoring 99 points in an overtime outing versus the Rutgers Scarlett Knights in their last matchup.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Despite committing 15 turnovers versus the Indiana Hoosiers, the Buckeyes were able to sneak out a conference win in their last outing due to 15 points from Andre Wessun. Also Kaleb Wessun along with C.J. Watson also chipped in 10 points each in the victory as well.
The defense for Ohio State has remained solid throughout the season as they allowed Indiana just 39% efficiency from the floor. In all, the Buckeyes have allowed less than 70 points per outing in four of their last five games.
Kaleb Wessun (15 ppg, 7 rebs) has been the hot man for the Buckeyes thus far in the season as he is shooting well over 50% from the floor per game while also connecting on 40% of his three-point attempts. Andre Wessun (9 ppg, 5 rebs, 48% FG) along with Jackson (13 ppg, 47% FG) have also been reliable offensive playmakers as well.
The Buckeyes will certainly want to have a great showing in this contest with a matchup with Michigan State looming.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois had to battle back from a three point halftime deficit in which to force overtime while also picking up a hard-fought victory over the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. Despite allowing the Scarlett Knights to shoot 50% from the floor, the Fighting Illini shot just under 50% for the night while also forcing 15 turnovers as well.
Giorgi Bezhanishvili led the team with 35 points in the win as he has increased his scoring average from 12 points on the season to averaging 26 points in the last two outings for the Fighting Illini. Also, Trent Frazier went 5-9 from three-point range while ending with 17 points in addition to Ayo Dosunmu also chipping in 10 points along with six rebounds.
Frazier (15 ppg) is only connecting on 41% of his shots from the field on the year, however, is also making 41% of his three point attempts. On the other hand, Dosunmu (14 ppg) is shooting 44% from the floor on a nightly basis while sticking 38% of shots from long range for the Fighting Illini.
CBB Betting Trends:
- ILL is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Thu. games
- Under is 60-28 in ILL last 88 road games
- OSU is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- Over is 15-6 in OSU last 21 Thu. games
- OSU is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Ten.
Free Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAAB Prediction:
Look for the Buckeyes to establish themselves on the defensive end versus a team in the Fighting Illini that has seemingly found its stroke lately. Also, look for Ohio State to push the pace in this game as well as Illinois gave up 94 points to a struggling Rutgers squad in their last time out. In all, expect the Buckeyes to control the pace throughout while picking up an 87-76 win over the struggling road team for the Fighting Illini.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Ohio State
Again, the Buckeyes are simply the better team at this point in the season. Also, Ohio State possess one of the most aggressive defenses in the nation. This will certainly be proven in this matchup as the home team will roll on Thursday night to their fourth straight conference victory.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Illinois 76 – Ohio State 87
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