Ohio State at Illinois - 3/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Illinois Fighting Illini (22-6) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (21-8)
Game Info: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -5.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Sunday in the college basketball Big Ten Final at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another win after beating Michigan on Saturday. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 76.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. EJ Liddell is averaging 16 points and 6.4 rebounds while Duane Washington Jr. is averaging 15.5 points and 2.9 rebounds. Justice Sueing is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Walker is grabbing three rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another win after beating Iowa on Saturday. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 80.7 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 21 points and 6.2 rebounds while Kofi Cockburn is averaging 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. Trent Frazier is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Curbelo is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game.
The Buckeyes are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 11-4 in Buckeyes last 15 neutral site games. The over is 5-2 in Fighting Illini last 7 overall. The underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the clear better team here and Ohio State has had issues finishing games in this tournament, but we're getting a decent amount of points with a good OSU team no matter how you slice it. Despite allowing a near comeback, Ohio State just knocked out the top team in the tournament and has already played the Fighting Illini twice this season, which includes a victory back in January. Illinois is the better team, but OSU will put up a fight. Give me the points.