NCAAB: Illinois at Ohio State Predictions – Tuesday, Jan. 30

Illinois Fighting Illini forward Coleman Hawkins (33) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at State Farm Center.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini (15-5) are set to clash with the Ohio State Buckeyes (13-7) in a Big Ten showdown. With both teams eager to assert their dominance in conference play, this matchup promises to be a battle of wills on the hardwood. We have your Illinois vs. Ohio State predictions prop betting and game preview needs below.

Illinois at Ohio State Odds

Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30
  • Time: 07:00 PM ET
  • Location: Value City Arena – Columbus, OH
  • TV: Peacock

Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends

  • On the road, Illinois Fighting Illini are 2 and 3 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Illinois Fighting Illini are 12 and 7.
  • Against the spread on the road, Illinois Fighting Illini are 5 and 1.

Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Trends

  • At home, Ohio State Buckeyes are 9 and 2 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Ohio State Buckeyes are 6 and 14.
  • Against the spread at home, Ohio State Buckeyes are 4 and 9.

Illinois at Ohio State Predictions

Considering the over/under trends for both teams, the under pick seems to be the more compelling choice for this matchup.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have seen the under hit in 6 of their last 10 games, indicating a tendency towards lower-scoring affairs, especially when facing strong opposition. Furthermore, despite Illinois’ high-scoring offense, the Buckeyes’ home advantage and their need to slow down the game to control Illinois’ rebounding threat could lead to a more deliberate pace, reducing the total number of scoring opportunities for both teams.

Additionally, Ohio State’s recent struggles on the road and their need to tighten up defensively after a series of losses suggest that they will be more focused on limiting Illinois’ scoring chances rather than engaging in a shootout. With the total line set at 150.0, the pressure of the Big Ten rivalry and the defensive adjustments both teams are likely to make, the under is a prudent pick for a game that could very well be decided by defense and rebounding rather than offensive firepower.

The Pick: Under 150 (PointsBet)