Ohio State vs Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/15/24

Illinois (23-8) vs Ohio State (18-12)

Game Info: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Illinois -4.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

In this article, we will formulate an Ohio State vs Illinois betting prediction for this college basketball showdown on Friday, March 15th at the Target Center. We will take a look at: 

- The Ohio State Buckeyes recent form and recent player performance

- The Illinois Fighting Illini recent form and recent player performance

- A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between Ohio State and Illinois

Can Ohio State Continue Magic Run?

Ever since Ohio State made a change at coach, this team has figured it out and now it looks like they could make the NCAA tournament. A win this game would all but guarantee they would be dancing. On Thursday Ohio State scored 90 points and they ended up winning by 12 points points. Jamison Battle had a huge game putting up 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Ohio State is averaging 74.9 points while their defense is giving up 69.3 points per game. Bruce Thurton is averaging 16.1 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Can Illinois WIn The Big Ten?

Illinois has a ton of confidence heading into this game, but they can’t be looking ahead of this game. In the last game against Iowa, the defense gave up only 61 points and they ended up winning by 12 points. Terrence Shannon Jr had a strong game putting up 25 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Illinois is averaging 83.9 points while thier defense is giving up 72.9 points per game. Shannon Jr is having a strong season averaging 21.6 points while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. 

Ohio State vs Illinois Betting Prediction

This run for Ohio State feels special and it really does feel like it will end with them winning the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State’s offense has been good, and Battle has been playing really right now. Illinois defense isn’t exactly elite and they are giving up 72.9 points per game. Ohio State’s offense is going to have no issue running up the score and they are going to cover the spread. Back Ohio State against the spread

Shane’s Pick Ohio State +4.5

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