The Ohio State Buckeyes lastly stopped the bleeding this weekend, ending a five-game shedding streak by beating Iowa fairly comfortably. Their consideration now turns to Illinois, which is 6-4 in its final 10 video games.
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Ohio State Buckeyes (11-8) vs Illinois (13-6)
- Location: State Farm Middle, Illinois
- Time: Tuesday, January 24, 8 p.m. ET
- Channel: ESPN
Unfold: Ohio State +4 | Illinois -4
Moneyline: Ohio State +155 | Illinois -180
Complete: O/U 146
If Ohio State was ever going to get again to successful methods, it was at all times going to fall on its most proficient participant, Brice Sensabaugh, to set the tone and do the heavy lifting. That’s precisely what occurred in opposition to Iowa, because the ahead poured in a career-high 27 factors, going 10-12 from the ground. He’s now set a brand new Buckeye document for many consecutive video games main his crew in scoring (10).
It stays to be seen whether or not or not the demons have been slayed. The Buckeyes began B1G play with a five-game shedding streak regardless of coming into the brand new 12 months with a 9-3 document. Illinois will quickly reveal whether or not or not Ohio State is a contender or a pretender.
Illinois hasn’t precisely been probably the most constant crew this season, however they’re scoring a median of seven PPG more at residence than they’re on the street. That may play into their favor right here, particularly if we assume that Zed Key will likely be out for the Buckeyes, leaving their frontcourt particularly weak.
Each groups have struggled from the free-throw line in current weeks. They rank seventh and eighth of their convention respectively on this metric. Each groups can get scorching from the ground rapidly, however an incapability to capitalize on charity stripe alternatives could hang-out each groups right here, lending itself to a play on the underneath.
Prediction: Buckeyes 72 – 76 Illinois
Gamers to watch
Dain Dainja | Illinois
If Illinois actually need to exploit the lack of Zed Key, that is the principle to do it. Dainja is seeing prolonged minutes after some stellar work on the defensive finish in current weeks and he has 26 boards in his final 4 video games, to go together with 34 factors and seven blocks. The 6’9 ahead could have been neutralized with Zed Key wholesome, however he’s not, in order that leaves a gaping gap for this dominant participant to exploit.
Brice Sensabaugh | Ohio State
There’s just one man to spotlight right here and it’s Brice Sensabaugh. He continues to put collectively a exceptional profession, shattering information, incomes awards, and really a lot changing into the center and soul of this Buckeyes crew. With Key sidelined, Ohio State will likely be trying to its prime scorer to carry the load.
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