Illinois vs Ohio State Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-8, 3-5 Big Ten) will attempt to end a three-game road losing streak when taking on the Illinois Fighting Illini (13-6, 4-4 Big Ten) on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at State Farm Center, airing at 7:00 PM ET.

Illinois is a moderate 3.5-point favorite against Ohio State when the Fighting Illini square off against the Buckeyes on Tuesday. A 146.5-point over/under is set for the game.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Ohio State

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -170 odds to pick up the win, while Ohio State is listed at +141 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 146.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Arena: State Farm Center

Illinois vs. Ohio State Betting Trends

In the Illinois’ 19 games this year, it has 11 wins against the spread. The Fighting Illini have come away with eight wins in the 13 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Illinois’ games this year have gone over the point total 47.4% of the time (nine out of 19 games with a set point total).

Ohio State is 8-11-0 against the spread this season. The Buckeyes have won 16.7% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (1-5). Ohio State’s games this year have hit the over 57.9% of the time (11 out of 19 games with a set point total).

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Illinois vs. Ohio State Key Players to Watch


Coleman Hawkins paces his team in both rebounds (6) and assists (3.2) per contest, and also puts up 9.6 points. At the other end, he averages 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Matthew Mayer posts 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest, shooting 43.1% from the field and 37% from downtown with 1.8 made 3-pointers per game. Dain Dainja posts 10.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists per contest, shooting 70.3% from the field (fifth in the country).

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh paces the Buckeyes in scoring (17.5 points per game), and puts up 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Zed Key is the Buckeyes’ top rebounder (8.1 per game), and he produces 12.1 points and 0.8 assists. Justice Sueing gives the Buckeyes 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Bruce Thornton is averaging a team-high 2.9 assists per contest. And he is contributing 8.7 points and 3 rebounds, making 41.8% of his shots from the floor and 40.7% from beyond the arc, with 1.2 treys per contest.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

With 76.2 points per game on offense, the Fighting Illini are 77th in the country. At the other end of the court, they surrender 64.5 points per contest, which ranks 57th in college basketball. Illinois is averaging 36.1 rebounds per game (29th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 30 rebounds per contest (116th-ranked).

When playing at home, the Fighting Illini are averaging 9.3 more points per game (79.3) than they are away from home (70). Illinois ranks 58th in the country with 8.6 threes per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 217th with a 33.5% shooting percentage from three-point land. The Fighting Illini rank top-25 this year in three-pointers allowed, currently 22nd-best in college basketball with 5.5 treys ceded per game. Meanwhile, they rank 82nd with a 31.3% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.

The Fighting Illini have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Four of Illinois’ last 10 games have gone over the total. On offense, Illinois has had a hard time putting the ball in the basket over its last 10 games, scoring 71.6 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 76.2 it has racked up over the course of this season. Illinois’ defense has been more porous lately, as the team has given up 66.4 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 64.5 points per game its opponents are averaging this season.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

On offense the Buckeyes are the 52nd-ranked team in the country (77.8 points per game). On defense they are 107th (66.7 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Ohio State is 26th in the country in rebounds (36.2 per game) and 132nd in rebounds allowed (30.4).

In 2022-23 the Buckeyes are averaging 13.1 more points per game at home (81.5) than on the road (68.4). Beyond the arc, Ohio State is 184th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (7.4). It is 15th-best in 3-point percentage at 38.7%. The Buckeyes give up 6.5 3-pointers per game and concede 30.1% from beyond the arc, ranking 96th and 39th, respectively, in college basketball.

The Buckeyes have gone 4-6 in their last 10 contests, with a 4-6 record against the spread in that span. Ohio State has gone over the total in six of its last 10 outings. Over its previous 10 games, Ohio State is tallying 76.8 points per contest, compared to its season average of 77.8. The Buckeyes are allowing 69.5 points per contest over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 66.7 points allowed.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Illinois, and we expect that Ohio State will cover the spread (Illinois -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 146.5 points.

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How to bet Illinois vs. Ohio State

You can bet on Illinois vs. Ohio State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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