Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for March 14, 2021

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BetMGM Jul 23, 2021, 9.41 AM

The No. 5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (21-8) are 5.5-point underdogs in the Big Ten championship game, as oddsmakers think the No. 2 Illinois Fighting Illini (22-6) will claim the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The title game tips off Sunday at 3:30 PM ET, live on CBS.

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Illinois vs Ohio State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Illinois -5.5 -110 -110 150.5 -106 -115 -245 198

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Point Total Insights

  • In Illinois games this season, the total exceeded Sunday's over/under 15 times (53.6%).
  • In 34.5% of Ohio State games this season (10/29), the total points scored was more than Sunday's total of 150.5.
  • This contest's over/under is 11.6 points above the 138.9 these two squads combine to allow per game this season.
  • The Fighting Illini record 10.8 more points per game (81.1) than the Buckeyes allow (70.3).
  • The Buckeyes' 77 points per game are 8.4 more points than the 68.6 the Fighting Illini give up to opponents.
  • Head to Head

    Illinois vs Ohio State (Last 5 Games)
    Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
    3/6/2021 Ohio State -2 150 -139 +116 Regular Season 73-68
    1/16/2021 Illinois -7.5 145.5 -329 +261 Regular Season 87-81
    3/5/2020 Ohio State -5.5 132 -243 +193 Regular Season 71-63
    2/14/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 63-56
    12/5/2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 77-67

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    Illinois Betting Data

  • Strong against the spread this season, the Fighting Illini have covered 17 times in 24 contests.
  • When favored by at least 5.5 points, the Fighting Illini have fared well against the spread, putting together a 6-3 record.
  • Illinois and its opponents have reached the over 0 times in 24 contests this season.
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    Illinois Leaders

    Fighting Illini Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Ayo Dosunmu 18 21.4 6.2 5.4 0.8 0.2 1.2
    Kofi Cockburn 21 17.3 9.2 0.1 0.3 1.0 0.0
    Trent Frazier 21 10.1 3.0 2.8 1.2 0.1 1.7
    Da'Monte Williams 19 6.6 5.2 1.9 0.8 0.2 1.5
    Giorgi Bezhanishvili 21 5.5 3.0 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.1

    Ohio State Betting Data

  • Ohio State has a winning record against the spread, going 17-8 ATS (covering 68% of the time).
  • The Buckeyes have fared well as a 5.5-point underdog, going 5-1 against the spread when they are at least 5.5-point underdogs.
  • Ohio State has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 0% of matchups this year (0 out of 25 contests).
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    Ohio State Leaders

    Buckeyes Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Justice Sueing 21 10.3 5.0 1.2 0.9 0.1 0.8
    CJ Walker 16 10.0 3.3 4.6 1.1 0.2 0.5
    Kyle Young 18 7.8 5.6 1.4 0.5 0.7 0.3
    Justin Ahrens 18 5.5 1.8 0.3 0.5 0.2 1.7
    Musa Jallow 16 3.8 2.7 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.1
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