NCAA Men's Basketball: Big Ten and Big 12 Games Highlight Analysis, Predictions

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 12:  John Jenkins #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores reacts after making a three-point basket against the Kentucky Wildcats at Memorial Gym on February 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Illinois (17-10, 7-7 Big Ten) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (25-2, 12-2 Big Ten)

College Basketball odds reflect how Ohio State has now lost two of their last three games, falling short to Purdue by 13 in their most recent contest.

The Buckeyes are averaging just 67 points per game during those three outings, as opposed to their season average of 76.6 (which ranks 32nd in the nation). 

After getting off to an 11-3 start to the season, Illinois has lost seven of their last 13 games, including an 11-point loss to Purdue.

SBG Spread: Illinois is +10.5

Prediction: The Buckeyes will look to pick up the pace in this battle, and should be able to overpower the Fighting Illini. Take Ohio State with the spread.


Iowa State (14-13, 1-11 Big 12) vs No. 5 Texas (23-4, 11-1 Big 12)

The Longhorns are one of the hottest teams in College Basketball betting right now, even after their most recent loss to Nebraska (by just three points).

They have impressive victories against Kansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Michigan State and Illinois thus far and should be able to continue their torrid surge.

Iowa State holds a whopping 1-11 record in conference play this season.

Spread: Iowa State is +17.5

Sportsbook Prediction: Texas shouldn't have a problem dismantling the Cyclones during this matchup. Take the Longhorns with the spread.


Tennessee (16-11, 6-6 SEC) vs No. 18 Vanderbilt (20-6, 8-4 SEC)

Vanderbilt has now won five straight games, including a victory against Kentucky. John Jenkins continues to lead the way for the Commodores, averaging just under 20 ppg (and scoring at least 20 points per contest in each of his last four games).

Tennessee has lost four of their last five games, with two losses coming from Kentucky and Florida.

The Volunteers hold a 3-5 overall record on the road this season.

Spread: Tennessee is +5.5

Prediction: Vanderbilt has been looking strong as of late and should be able to cover the spread in college basketball wagering.