Ohio State vs. Illinois Prediction
Big Ten opponents clash at the State Farm Center in Champaign, IL on Thursday night when No. 15 Illinois hosts No. 22 Ohio State at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Fighting Illini are 6-point home favorites while the total is sitting at 140.5 points. What’s the best bet tonight?
829 Ohio State Buckeyes (+6) at 830 Illinois Fighting Illini (-6); o/u 140.5
9:00 p.m. ET, State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
Ohio State Buckeyes DFS Snapshot
E.J. Liddell produced 16 points (6-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 43 minutes during Monday's 80-69 overtime win over Indiana. Liddell posted a team-high seven rebounds in Monday's overtime victory, and he posted the second-highest scoring total on the team against the Hoosiers. He's now scored 15-plus points in each of his last eight appearances and has averaged 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 36.0 minutes per game during that time.
Illinois Fighting Illini DFS Snapshot
Kofi Cockburn finished Saturday's 79-74 win over Michigan State with 27 points (10-15 FG, 7-9 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 31 minutes. Cockburn fell just short of posting his third consecutive double-double Saturday, but he led the Illini on the scoreboard during the narrow win. Across his seven appearances since returning from a two-game absence, he's averaged 22.9 points and 10.0 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The road team has covered in six of the last seven meetings between these two teams, while the underdog is 8-2 against the number in the last 10 meetings. The Buckeyes are also 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games overall, are 9-3 against the number in their last 12 games as a road underdog and have covered in 10 of their last 14 games as an underdog. On the other side, the Fighting Illini have failed to cover in seven of their last 10 games overall.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES +6