Illinois vs Ohio State Prediction - Basketball Picks 2/26/23

Ohio State Buckeyes (11-17) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (19-9)

Game Info: Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Value City Arena)

Betting Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes +2 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Sunday in a college basketball showdown at Value City Arena. When these two teams faced off on January 24th it was Illinois that secured the 69-60 victory. 

Illinois Betting Preview

Illinois comes into this game with a 19-9 record overall and they have gone 17-11 against the spread. On Thursday they faced off against the Northwestern Wildcats, and they were able to secure a 66-62 victory. Terrance Shannon Jr had a strong game finishing with 26 points. Illinois is averaging 74.7 points while their defense is giving up 65.3 points per game. The offense is ranked 112th in the league while the defense is ranked 59th. Terrence Shannon Jr is averaging 17.3 points while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from behind the three-point line. 

Ohio State Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Ohio State who have been one of the most disappointing teams in college basketball. They sit with an 11-17 record overall and they have gone 8-20 against the spread. In the last game against Penn State, Ohio State scored 71 points the defense gave up 75 points on the way to the defeat. Ohio State is averaging 73 points while their defense is giving up 69.5 points per game. The offense is ranked 149th while the defense is ranked Brice Sensabaugh is averaging 16.6 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. 

Illinois vs Ohio State Trends

Illinois is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games. The under is 5-1 in the Fighting Illini’s last six games on Sunday. The under is 4-1 in the Fighting Illini’s last five games following an against the spread win. 

Shane’s Free pick

This Ohio State team is awful, and it’s going to be no different in this game. Ohio State is averaging 73 points, but they aren’t going to reach that here. Illinois is averaging 74.7 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score against this Ohio State defense. Ohio State won’t be keeping up and Illinois is going to cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Illinois -2

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