Ohio State vs Illinois – 2021 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game Picks and Predictions
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini College Basketball picks, tips and predictions for this Big Ten Tournament game Sunday, March 14, 2021
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Free College Basketball Picks and Predictions on this 2021 Big Ten Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini. This game tips off at 3:30pm et at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Draftkings College Basketball odds have Illinois as a 5.5 point favorite and the total is currently at 151.5 points. These teams just met a little over a week ago where Illinois got the 73-68 win. In that matchup, the Fighting Illini went almost 52% from the field while holding Ohio State to just 40%.
Ohio State comes into this game 21-8 overall after winning their last three games in a row, including taking care of business on Saturday with the 68-67 win against their rivals Michigan. Ohio State was up ten points with a little under four minutes left, when the Buckeyes just completely fell apart while on the other side of the court, Michigan starting heating up. Fortunately for Ohio State, Michigan missed missed the buzz beating shot and they moved onto this championship game. Ohio State held the Wolverines to just 35% from the field and they’ll look to try to replicate that defensive performance against Illinois. Duane Washington Jr and EJ Liddell both combined for 42 points 11 rebound and 7 assists. Senior forward Kyle Young who’s been the Buckeyes backbone all year, suffered a concussion in the second half of Friday’s quarterfinal win over Purdue and didn’t play in their last matchup and you’ll unlikely see him in the one. The Buckeyes on the road this season put up an average of 78.8 points per game and on defense they are giving up an average of 74 points per game.
Ohio State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and the total has gone over in 6 of Ohio State’s last 8 games played in March.
Illinois comes into this game now 22-6 overall and playing lights out. Their on a six game win streak after getting the huge Saturday win against Iowa 82-71. They now have a great chance to become Conference Tournament Champions, which they haven’t been 2005. In their last game against Iowa, they shot 48% from the field but just 3 of 15 from 3 point land. Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu combined for 44 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Illinois is hitting their stride at the right time and this season they’ve already had five top-10 wins. The Illini on the road score an average of 80.6 points per game and give up an average of 71.7 points per game on defense.
Illinois is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games and the total has gone over in 4 of the Illini last 5 games when playing as the favorite.
In this Big Ten Championship game between Ohio State vs Illinois, we’re rolling with the under 151.5 at the -110 price.
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