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

Feb 08, 2018, 06:11
Ohio State vs. IL - 2/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Buckeyes ran off nine consecutive Big Ten wins to reach the halfway point in the conference schedule undefeated before falling at home to Penn State 82-79 last week on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Ohio State went on an impressive run.

The Buckeyes have just one loss during Big Ten play, which came via a miracle for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The hype brought out people from all cross-sections of the fandom, from usher Lefty McIntyre, who's been involved with the Penn State wrestling program since his freshman year of college in 1950, to Deontay Wabley, a senior attending his first match. They were hitting shots and being aggressive early on. Tomasello however wore down Kuhn and retook control with a 7-0 shutout in the second period.

"It should be a pretty big hostile environment, so we'll be prepared for anything".

The message after the eight-point loss? Lambdin and David Keefer set up Zach Osburn at the point where he let a wrister go that got through traffic and past Sean Romeo to make it 3-2.

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Trent Frazier scored in double figures for the 13th time in 14 games, but he made just five of his 15 shot attempts. Alstork had a season high 19 points against Ohio State on Sunday.

The Buckeyes took the lead for good on a layup by Wesson with 3:39 remaining, making it 65-63.

The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before rallying to take the lead by halftime, then used a 10-0 late in the second half to take a lead they made permanent.

Like Campbell, No. 7 Ke-Shawn Hayes drew out his bout with No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph for the full seven minutes and wrestled passively to prevent Joseph from fully taking control on the mat.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for IL (12-12, 2-9).

No. 2 Mark Hall trimmed the deficit to 15-12 with a 6-4 win over No. 3 Bo Jordan in a rematch of last season's Big Ten and NCAA Finals.

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The Buckeyes' second-ranked Luke Pletcher isn't known for his offense and his two first-period takedowns were just enough to topple Corey Keener 5-4 at 133. Wisconsin handled them in the 5-0 loss but the 1-0 overtime loss to Minnesota last week was anybody's game and Notre Dame rebounded nicely on Saturday.

While Martin acknowledged the importance of the dual and the attention it will receive, he's trying to compartmentalize his thoughts on what he needs to do against Nickal, who he will be facing for the seventh time in three years.

Trailing by ten at the half, the Nittany Lions embarked on an epic comeback to keep their win streak alive.

Anthony Cassar got the start at 197 pounds against No. 1 Kollin Moore and sent Rec Hall into pandemonium with a 6-3 upset.

IL built the lead to 56-52, but missed free throws, silly fouls and the punishment Ohio State inflicted on the glass were too much.

285: Kyle Snyder, OS d Nick Nevills 15-10.

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