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Ohio State vs. IL - 2/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. IL - 2/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Illini have their first Big Ten winning streak of the Brad Underwood and now head out on the road to take on one of the biggest surprises in the country in the Ohio State Buckeyes. They move on to a showdown with No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday to determine first place in the Big Ten.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Ohio State is favored at home in this game, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -12 points against IL. Ronnie Hein got the first Buckeye goal on the power play, 4:06 into the opening period, as he took a pass to the right of goaltender John Lethemon, curled out front and put the puck in the far corner of the net.

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Wisconsin out-rebounded Ohio State, 43-37, but struggled with its ball control, turning the ball over 17 times to the Buckeyes nine.

February could be challenging.

After an offensive lull, the Fighting Illini have picked it up over the last three games, with at least 73 in each one.

Another Big Ten win was there for the taking. IL managed a pair of wins recently, but they were both at home. They really needed this game if they wanted any hope at making a run to the NCAA tournament. "I feel for our guys. That's not to say you can still be ready and lose the game because they present a lot of problems". The Spartans are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games.

"(We) just prepare the same way every game", he said. "We kept breaking them off and flinging them up there".




But too many fouls, a few too many missed free throws and just one made shot out of its last eight was a late hurdle IL couldn't clear.

"It's a defensive system unlike anything you've maybe ever seen", Holtmann said. The Illini played a very solid overall team game, with all five starters finishing in double figures.

Buckeye senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder, he of the two NCAA titles, two world championships and an Olympic gold, suggested as much in a series of tweets earlier this month, listing the eight NCAA champs, 23 All-American honors and about 90 percent of both lineups ranked in the top 20 nationally, including 11 in the top two of their weight class.

Mark Alstork paced IL (12-12, 2-9) with 19 points and freshman Trent Frazier added 12 - all after halftime.

Junior Marsha Howard led the Badgers with 20 points while senior Cayla McMorris recorded her fifth career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

"In the last minute you just have to be solid", Underwood said. "It's about shooters and passers, to be quite honest".

Penn State's Corey Keener, a Blue Mountain graduate, lost 5-4 to Ohio State's Luke Pletcher, ranked second nationally at 133.


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