Illinois vs Ohio State Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Sunday, February 26, 2023

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten) aim to snap a four-game home losing skid when hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini (19-9, 10-7 Big Ten) on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET.

Illinois is a 4.5-point favorite against Ohio State when the Fighting Illini take the court against the Buckeyes on Sunday. The over/under is 143 points for the game.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Odds

Point Spread for Illinois vs. Ohio State

The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with bookmakers listing Illinois as the favorite.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Illinois has -195 odds to pick up the win, while Ohio State is listed at +164 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 143 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, February 26, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Arena: Value City Arena

Illinois vs. Ohio State Betting Trends

In the Illinois’ 28 games this year, it has 17 wins against the spread. The Fighting Illini have been victorious in 14, or 70%, of the 20 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Illinois’ games this year have gone over the point total 12 times in 28 opportunities (42.9%).

Ohio State has played 28 games, with eight wins, against the spread. The Buckeyes have put together a 1-10 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 9.1% of those games). Ohio State’s games this season have hit the over on 15 of 28 set point totals (53.6%).

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Illinois vs. Ohio State Key Players to Watch


Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Fighting Illini at 17.3 points per contest, while also posting 2.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Matthew Mayer is putting up 12.6 points, 1.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. Coleman Hawkins is tops on his team in both rebounds (6.4) and assists (3) per game, and also puts up 9.8 points. Defensively, he averages 1 steal and 1.2 blocked shots. Dain Dainja averages 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per contest. At the other end, he delivers 0.8 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh tops the Buckeyes in scoring (16.6 points per game), and produces 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. The Buckeyes get 11.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game from Justice Sueing. Zed Key leads the Buckeyes in rebounding (7.5 per game), and averages 10.8 points and 0.8 assists. He also averages 0.6 steals and 1 block. The Buckeyes get 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game from Bruce Thornton.

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What you need to know about the Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois and its Big Ten opponents have combined to go over the point total six out of 17 times this season. The Fighting Illini are averaging 74.7 points per game (111th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while giving up 65.3 points per contest (55th-ranked). Illinois is top-25 this season in rebounding, ranking 15th-best in college basketball with 36 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 91st with 29.6 rebounds allowed per contest.

In home games, the Fighting Illini are averaging 5.5 more points per game (76.6) than they are on the road (71.1). Illinois is sinking 7.9 three-pointers per game (120th-ranked in college basketball). It has a 31.4% shooting percentage (324th-ranked) from downtown. The Fighting Illini are giving up 6 treys per game (33rd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 33.5% (159th-ranked) from three-point land.

The Fighting Illini are 6-4 against the spread and 6-4 overall in their last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Illinois has gone over the total three times. Illinois’ offense has been less effective over its last 10 games, putting up 70.8 points a contest compared to the 74.7 it has averaged this year. Illinois has been less stingy on defense lately, giving up 68.3 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 65.3 points per game its opponents average on the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State’s conference games have hit the over seven out of 17 times this season. With 73 points scored per game and 69.4 points conceded, the Buckeyes are 150th in the nation offensively and 162nd on defense. On the boards, Ohio State is 65th in the country in rebounds (33.8 per game). It is 162nd in rebounds allowed (30.7 per game).

In 2022-23 the Buckeyes are averaging 7.9 more points per game at home (75) than on the road (67.1). Ohio State is 259th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (6.7 per game) and 89th in 3-point percentage (35.8%). The Buckeyes give up 7.1 3-pointers per game and concede 32.3% from beyond the arc, ranking 168th and 90th, respectively, in the nation.

In their last 10 contests, the Buckeyes have one win against the spread, and are 1-9 overall. In its past 10 games, Ohio State has gone over the total five times. In its previous 10 games, Ohio State is scoring 65.7 points per game, compared to its season average of 73. The Buckeyes have performed worse defensively in their previous 10 games, ceding 75.4 points per contest, six more points their than season average of 69.4.

Illinois vs. Ohio State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Illinois, and we project that Ohio State will cover the spread (Illinois -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 143 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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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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