Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes

The Ohio St. Buckeyes are 10-point home favorites over the Illinois Fighting Illini tonight in Big 10 play.  The over/under total for the game is 135.

Ohio St. is 25-2 overall and 11-13 against the spread.  They were undefeated and the #1 team in the country just 10 days ago.  The Buckeyes have lost two of their last three games.  First, at Wisconsin 71-67 as two-point underdogs, then to Purdue on Saturday as one-point underdogs 76-63.  Ohio St. has not covered in their last two games and are 1-5 against the spread in their last six. The Wisconsin game was marked by a 15-point blown lead in the second half. The Purdue contest was highlighted by an incredible individual effort by ETwaun Moore, a career-high 38 points.  The 139 combined points scored against Purdue just barely went er the 138-point total.  The er is 3-0 in Ohio States last three road games and 8-2 in away games this year.  The der is 3-1 in Ohio States last four home games and 9-5 at home this season.

Illinois is 17-10 overall and 14-13 against the spread.  They are 7-7 in conference play this year, which puts them in 4th place in the Big 10.  In the last month they have only won three times in their last eight games and have also only covered in three of those games.  There last game they lost at Michigan St, 61-57 as 5-point road underdogs.  llinois guard Demetri McCamey scored 15 points, but the team shot just 37.3 percent from the field.  The 118 combined points scored went well der the closing total of 135.  The der is 5-2 in Illinois last seven games and 7-3 in its last 10 road games.

Illinois hosted Ohio State back on January 22nd and Ohio State won 73-68 as 3-point road favorites.  The Fighting Illini also lost last year at Ohio State 73-57 as 9-point road underdogs.  Ohio State has covered in seven of its last games verse Illinois at home.

I am taking the under in this game.  I feel that the intensity willl end itself to great defense being played.  Neither team should be able to put up more than 70 points in this game.  I will lay off wagering the side due to the fact that Ohio State has been playing quite inconsistent this past month.

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February 22, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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