January 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM #53114
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
Venue/ Stadium: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Time/Date: 7 PM EST Thursday, January 23, 2014
NBA Odds From: Bovada
Spread: Ohio State -10
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview
Illinois is 7-7-4 ATS with an O/U record of 7-10- Ohio State is 9-9 ATS with an O/U record of 7-10-1.
This season Ohio State is 12-1 at home and Illinois is 1-3 on the road.
In their last games Ohio State lost to Nebraska 68-62 and Illinois lost to Michigan State 78-62.
Tonight 17th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes look to avoid their 5th straight loss when they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big 10 match up.
Ohio State has fallen down the rankings with their losing streak and they are only 2-4 in Big 10 play. However, they are double-digit favorites at home facing an Illinois squad that is also in the midst of a 4-game losing streak.
Illinois is 1-3 facing ranked teams.
The Buckeyes have won 4 straight home games against Illinois and if they can win tonight they will avoid their longest losing streak since the1998 season.
Ohio State leads the Big 10 on defense holding opponents to an average of 58.5 ppg, but their D has struggled giving up an average of 71.8 ppg in their losing streak.
Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams are the Fighting Illini leading scorers, but each is struggling at of late. Rice is only shooting 28.6% in his last 3 games and scoring 7 ppg less than his average and Abrams is shooting 35.9% from the field in his last 3 games. These guys have to get back on track for Illinois to pull off the upset. It may be more important that the Illini defense plays well, as they are not a high scoring team only ranking 250th in scoring.
Ohio State is also not a high scoring team, but they have a balanced offense with 6 players averaging at least 7 ppg led by LaQuinton Ross (13.9 ppg).
Ohio State has won 7 of the last 9 meetings against Illinois, but the teams split 2 games last season.
Illinois is 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and they have an Under record of 16-5 in their last 21 road games.
Ohio State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, and they have an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games facing a team with a winning record.
Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games facing Illinois.
Jason’s Pick: The home team has covered the spread in the last 5 games between these 2 teams, but that trend will not continue. Ohio State will win and snap their losing streak, but Illinois will give them a game and they will cover the 10-point spread.
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