Ohio State Buckeye vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-5-2018




Ohio State Buckeye (7-1) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6)

Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : State Farm Center, Champaigne, Illinois

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Ohio State Buckeye vs Illinois Fighting Illini

The 17th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois, for a Wednesday night battle versus the Illinois Fighting Illini at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Ohio State rebounded nicely from a home setback to the Syracuse Orange in their last outing in beating up on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at home by a 79 – 59 score as they took a 39-28 lead at the half while outscoring to Golden Gophers 40-31 in the second half in the convincing victory.

On the other hand, the Fighting Illini have lost two straight games as their last came at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten showdown on December 2nd as the Cornhuskers picked up the 75 – 60 win. Illinois shot horribly from the field in the first half as they only scored 23 points while ending the game shooting barely over 40% on the night en route to the loss. The under has been the play in seven of the last 10 meetings amongst these two squads, overall.

 

Ohio State Buckeye's Latest Performance :

Ohio State Buckeyes have a very solid team that continues to remain consistent on both sides of the ball; However, they took a severe step back in their last home outing versus Syracuse as they were  blitzed at home versus the visitors by 10 points. They were determined not to let this type of setback happen once again as they beat up on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their last outing at home as they shot 47% from the floor while also nailing seven 3-pointers on the night.

Defensively, they only allowed 39% shooting to Minnesota while the visitors went 0-13 from 3-point range for the night. The Buckeyes possessed six double-digit scores in this contest led by Andre Wesson and Kaleb Wesson with 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the win. This type of balance attack is exactly what the Buckeye’s philosophy has been all season as they rely on this type of approach on a game by game basis while depending on their athleticism and shear talent on the defensive end in which to neutralize opposing offenses.

 

Illinois Fighting Illini's Latest Performance :

Illinois has had a rough go of it all season as they come into this matchup losers of five of their last six outings, overall. And while the offense has a bit of potential as they have been able to put some points on the board throughout the season, the defense has been the Achilles heel for this team as they are allowing opponents to shoot 49% from the field on a nightly basis. This was exemplified like none other versus Nebraska in the last outing as the Cornhuskers shot 48% from the field while also shooting 43% from 3 point range in the contest as James Palmer Jr led the team with 23 points in going 4-12 from the field yet converted 12 of 14 free throws in the win.

As stated, Illinois shot 40% for the night while making only six 3-pointers for the game. Illinois was led by Giorgi Bezhanishvili who finished with 14 points for the night while having six rebounds. Leading scorer for the team, Trent Frazier, ended the game with only 9 points as he struggled from the field in going 3 – 7. And while Illinois has proven that they can potentially put points on the board early in the season, they have since slowed down considerably as their offense is only averaging 66 points per game in their last four losses. The defense has also struggled during this time as it is allowing 77 points per outing to opponents.

 

How Ohio State Buckeye & Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Illinois is 3-5 ATS while the OU is 3-4

Ohio State is 5-3 ATS while the OU is 3-4

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will certainly be an interesting contest for both teams as the Illini will look to And yet another losing streak in 2018 against in solid Buckeyes Squad at home while Ohio state will be looking to continue its success after a  Recovering from a minor setback versus the orange. In all, I expect both teams to push the ball in this matchup Expo teams seem to play upbeat throughout all games; however, the fighting Illini must be able to get back on the defensive end as Ohio State certainly has a tremendous group of athletes that will be looking to exploit Illinois in the transition game either through dunks, layups, and / or spot-up Jumpers.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Ohio State Buckeyes

My reason for the pick :

 

 

I will back Ohio State in this contest as they are not only the much better team at this point in the season, but, Illinois has struggled much too early and often in 2018 in which two back at this point. As stated, look for Ohio State to push the pace early and often versus Illinois which to take advantage of their athleticism and talent. It will be this philosophy that will allow the Buckeyes to pull away early in this matchup while getting a convincing win in the end.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I will gladly pick the under in this contest as it has been the play in the majority of recent games for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Also, when one considers that Ohio State has one of the best defenses in the nation thus far in 2018, one will have to surmise that they will certainly do a job on a struggling Fighting Illini offense throughout the course of the game. Nonetheless, the home team will score just enough in which to cover the spread and get the victory while the under will certainly be the strong play in this competitive and physical matchup.

Betting trends for Ohio State Buckeye:

  • The Buckeyes are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 Wed. games.
    Under is 8-3 in Buckeyes last 11 neutral site games.

Betting trends for Illinois Fighting Illini:

  • Under is 5-2-1 in Fighting Illini last 8 Wed. games.

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