|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Sunday, 22 February 2009 07:29|
NCAA basketball odds will favor Ohio State but the question will be whether they can maintain their recent value against the NCAA betting line. The Fighting Illini of Illinois have had their recent problems against the NCAA basketball odds after a great start in which they were pumping out the cash.
Illinois had an overall record of 20-5 straight up and 11-8-1 against the NCAA betting line. From January 24 through February 12, however, the Illini beat the NCAA basketball odds in just 1 out of 6 games with 5 of those 6 games having gone under the total.
In fact, Illinois has been a strong under team against the over/under NCAA basketball odds all season with a mark of 6-13 under the total in all games, including 3-4 under the total on the road. Illinois was 4-2 against the NCAA basketball odds as a dog this season.
The Illini are an average offensive team but their defense suffocates opponents and was ranked 5th overall in the nation! The Ohio State Buckeyes have been one of the hottest teams on the board against the NCAA basketball odds as of late.
From January 28 through February 14 Ohio State beat the NCAA betting line in 5 consecutive games. Ohio State had an overall record of 17-6 straight up and 12-7 against the NCAA basketball odds. They were slightly above break even against the NCAA basketball odds as a home team with a record of 6-5 against the spread.
Evan Turner has been the Buckeyes big weapon against the NCAA basketball odds as he leads Ohio State with per game averages of 17.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 7.4 rebounds. Like Illinois, Ohio State is a defensive oriented team that is good, but not great at stopping the other team as they ranked 31st in the nation.
Illinois clobbered Ohio State 67-49 on January 20 as 7.5-point chalks to easily beat the NCAA basketball odds.
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