Illinois at Ohio State Free College Basketball Picks & Odds 1/3/2015
by Guy Bruhn - 1/2/2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Value City Arena
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The Illinois Fighting Illini will be facing the #20 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon in a game between two teams that average over 78 points per game. Last season, the Buckeyes were able to win both of their games against Illinois.
On Tuesday night, Illinois had their three-game winning streak come to an end when Michigan beat them 73-65 in overtime. The Fighting Illini did play good defense in that game, but their offense only made 41.4 percent of their shots.
The Fighting Illini are averaging 78.1 points per game right now while only allowing their opponents to score 63.1 points per game against them. One of their better players has been senior guard Rayvonte Rice, who is averaging 17 points and nearly seven rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Malcolm Hill has made 53.2 percent of his field goal attempts and is averaging 13.4 points per game.
Ohio State lost for the third time this season on Tuesday night when Iowa came into town and beat them 71-65. The Buckeyes did take care of the ball in that loss, but they also finished with a low 42.1 field goal percentage.
The Buckeyes have made 51.9 percent of their shots this season and are in the top 15 in the country in scoring with 83.9 points per game. Their best player has been freshman guard D'Angelo Russell, who is now averaging 17.4 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
Illinois Fighting Illini are 5-7-0 Against the Spread
Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-6-0 against the Over/Under
Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Trends
Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-7-1 Against the Spread
Ohio State Buckeyes are 8-4-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Illinois Fighting Illini
11/13/14 G Tracy Abrams Knee out for season
Ohio State Buckeyes
No injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Ohio State
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