Illinois vs. Ohio State Basketball Predictions, Odds & Picks (Tuesday, Jan. 24)

Jan 16, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard RJ Melendez (15), forward Dain Dainja (42), forward Matthew Mayer (24), and guard Jayden Epps (3) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena.
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It’s Super Tuesday in the college basketball world, and Illinois will host Ohio State on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The game is scheduled for 7 pm ET while airing on ESPN. Illinois enters this game as 4-point favorites with the total set at 144.5. How will this one play out? Let’s dive into the Illinois vs. Ohio State prediction, odds, and game preview below.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Odds

  • Spread: Illinois -4
  • Total: 144.5

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Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 24
  • Time: 7 pm ET
  • Location: State Farm Center — Champaign, IL
  • TV: ESPN

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Illinois Betting Trends

  • Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Fighting Illini are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games
  • Underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Ohio State Betting Trends

  • Buckeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • Over is 6-2 in Buckeyes last 8 games following a straight up win.
  • Road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Game Preview

It seemed like Illinois was cruising in Big Ten play, winning four straight conference games by comfortable margins. However, the Illini flopped in their most recent contest (last Thursday) with an 80-65 home loss to Indiana. Can Brad Underwood’s crew resume bounce back, or was that humbling loss a sign of things to come?

Ohio State notched an impressive 93-77 win over Iowa on Saturday. That game was played in Value City Arena in Columbus, OH — and the Buckeyes have been a different team on the road while losing three straight in that regard. Can Ohio State exercise its road demons in this difficult matchup away from home?

Illinois vs. Ohio State Prediction

Illinois’ recent loss to Indiana is not the sign of a larger trend. In other words, it’s likely the Illini had a bad game. There’s a good chance they regain their concentration while bouncing back at home. Remember, Illinois was considered one of the better teams in the conference prior to that surprising loss, and they could easily regain that form against an Ohio State team that has had problems on the road.

The Pick: Illinois -4 | 110 at FanDuel Sportsbook