Illinois vs. #17 Ohio State

illinois vs ohio stateThe best college basketball game of Thursday night is the Illinois Fighting Illini traveling to Columbus, Ohio to face the #17 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

 

Illinois @ Ohio State Preview

The 13-6 Fighting Illini are coming off a 78-62 loss to the Michigan State Spartans and want to bounce back here. The 15-4 Buckeyes are coming off 4 straight losses after starting the season 15-0 and want to get back to winning here.

The Fighting Illini are lead by junior’s Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams. Rice is averaging 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Abrams is averaging 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals so far this season.

The Buckeyes are lead by senior Aaron Craft and junior LaQuinton Ross. Craft is averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Ross is averaging 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds so far this season.

 

My Prediction

The Buckeyes jump out to a 7 point lead by going on an 11-4 run. The Illini come back with a 8-2 run to cut the lead to 1. The Buckeyes extend their lead to 7 with 5 minutes left. Ohio State then extends their lead to double digits going into halftime. In the 2nd half the Illini cut the lead down to 6. Ohio State comes back and goes on a 12-4 run to take a 14 point lead. The Illini cut it to 7 with 2 minutes left in the game. Illinois then hits a 3 pointer to cut the lead to 4 with 10 seconds left. Illinois doesn’t get the ball back and Ohio State holds on for the win.

Final Score

Ohio State: 73
Illinois: 69

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