Illinois vs Ohio State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 26 (Buckeyes Fail to End Lengthy Losing Streak)

Larry Rupp
Illinois vs Ohio State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Illinois vs Ohio State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Rebecca S. Gratz

Illinois vs Ohio State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Illinois (19-9, 10-7 Big Ten) vs. Ohio State (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten)
  • Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Value City Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Coverage: CBS

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Ohio State Buckeyes. Illinois is coming off a 66-62 win over Northwestern in which it came back from an 18-point halftime deficit. Terrence Shannon Jr. shined with 26 points.

Meanwhile, Ohio State fell short in a 75-71 loss to Penn State on Thursday. The Buckeyes defense fell apart down the stretch as it allows the Nittany Lions to shoot over 50.0% both from the floor and from three-point range. Can head coach Chris Holtmann's team avoid a 10th straight loss on Sunday?

Illinois vs Ohio State Odds & Spread

Illinois enters this contest as a small road favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 145.5 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Illinois vs Ohio State Betting Trends

  • Illinois has beaten the spread 17 times in 28 games.
  • The Fighting Illini have an ATS record of 12-10 as 2.5-point favorites or more.
  • This season, 12 of Illinois' 28 games have hit the over.
  • Ohio State's record against the spread is 8-20-0.
  • The Buckeyes don't have a win ATS (0-9) as a 2.5-point underdog or greater this season.
  • Ohio State has seen 15 of its 28 games go over the point total.
Illinois Rank Illinois AVG Ohio State AVG Ohio State Rank
110th 74.7 Points Scored 73 152nd
56th 65.3 Points Allowed 69.4 163rd
17th 36 Rebounds 33.8 66th
43rd 10.2 Off. Rebounds 9.9 68th
120th 7.9 3pt Made 6.7 256th
218th 12.6 Assists 11.5 310th
261st 12.8 Turnovers 10.5 41st

Illinois vs Ohio State Prediction & Pick

Talk about two teams heading in opposite directions. Illinois has won 10 of its last 14 games and has built an NCAA Tournament resume, while Ohio State has lost nine straight games and will have their dream of reaching March Madness crushed. The Fighting Illini have all of the momentum right now.

Ohio State hasn't even performed well in front of its own fans. The Buckeyes have posted an 8-6 record at Value City Arena and own a -9.0 average scoring margin in their last four home games. On the other side, Illinois is averaging a reliable 72.1 points per away game (44.7% shooting percentage).

Look for Ohio State's losing streak to grow to a whopping 10 games with another conference loss.

Final Score Prediction: Illinois: 77 | Ohio State: 67

Illinois vs Ohio State Best Bet

There's no choice but to fade the Buckeyes here. Not only has Ohio State lost nine straight games, but it is a dismal 0-9 against the spread (ATS) during that span. It is 1-6 ATS in its last seven home games as well. The Buckeyes continue to find themselves in too big of a hole to climb out of late.

It's worth mentioning that Ohio State will be without their best post player in Zed Key on Sunday as he tends to a shoulder injury. Key is averaging 10.8 and 7.5 rebounds on the season. That is a brutal blow considering Illinois rosters three players above a height of 6-foot-8 that can dominate down low.

Bet: Illinois Fighting Illini -4.5 (-115)

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