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Illinois Ohio State Betting – Illini Face Extremely Difficult Test On The Road In Ohio

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 1:55:38 AM

The last time Illinois met Ohio State on the hardwood. The last time these two teams played, the Illini lost at home to the Buckeyes and blew a second-half lead. Can Illinois play 40 full minutes this time around?

NCAA basketball betting: Illinois Fighting Illini @ Ohio State Buckeyes

Why To Bet On Illinois

Online betting students are aware that Ohio State has not lost a game at home this year. They’re also aware that Illinois is on the NCAA Tournament bubble and doesn’t have the same credentials or chops that Ohio State does. Betting analysts would also acknowledge that Ohio State’s playing at home and is going to be mad after losing to Purdue this past Sunday. So many arguments can be used to argue that Ohio State should win this game in a walk. However, let’s realize that Ohio State played on Sunday and is therefore being subjected to a very quick turnaround before this Tuesday tilt. Ohio State played a physically taxing and mentally draining game against Purdue, and even though the Buckeyes have no bad losses on their schedule, it’s true that they’re not deep. Only seven players receive appreciably extended minutes for coach Thad Matta’s team. The big worry inside the Ohio State camp is indeed the team’s ability to get balanced production throughout its roster in the NCAA Tournament. If Illinois can get Ohio State in foul trouble, this game could easily tip in the Illini’s direction.

Why To Bet On Ohio State

The sports betting backdrop to this game is straightforward: The last time Ohio State faced Illinois, on Jan. 22, the Buckeyes essentially played a 1-on-5 game on the road… and still won. Ohio State topped Illinois, 73-68, despite playing the kind of shorthanded game that would make NHL trade deadline moves seem necessary. How limited were the Buckeyes at Illinois one month ago? The team had only one player, star center Jared Sullinger, hit a field goal in the first 10 and a half minutes of the second half. Sullinger romped for 27 points and 16 rebounds on that afternoon, and for the first three-fourths of the game, he had no help. It wasn’t until the 9:33 mark of the second half that another Ohio State player hit a field goal attempt. Illinois built an eight-point lead, and it appeared that OSU was going to lose its first contest of the year. However, the final 9:33 of regulation witnessed the emergence of team-based basketball for the Buckeyes, who rallied for a five-point triumph. It simply has to be said with a bluntness not found in discussions of NHL trade rumors: If Ohio State could play so poorly and yet still win on the road against Illinois, how can the Fighting Illini be expected to come close in Columbus, Ohio?

How The Game Will Play Out

Yes, Ohio State isn’t deep, but Illinois isn’t terribly accomplished. The fact that Ohio State played a 1-on-5 game for much of the first game between these two teams will loom large on Tuesday. Ohio State will get more scoring punch from more of its starting five, and that will put Illinois in an early hole. The Buckeyes should cruise in this game; it’s not a particularly hard contest to pick.

Illinois Ohio State Betting Pick: Ohio State

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