Illini travel to No. 17 Ohio State

Illini travel to No. 17 Ohio State

Illini travel to No. 17 Ohio State

Besides the record, the Buckeyes are either first or second in the Big Ten (before Sunday's game) in scoring (76.1 points), scoring defense (62.8 points), margin of win (+13.3 points), free throw shooting (.758), field goal shooting (.512), defensive rebounding (30.0 per game), rebound margin (+6.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.5) and defensive rebound percentage (.754).

Keita Bates-Diop poured in career-high 35 points as Ohio State kept pace in the Big Ten race with a 75-67 victory against IL on Sunday at Value City Arena. Notre Dame's 11-point lead seems like an ocean to everyone else, but the Irish know how quickly that can evaporate when games are worth three points. The Buckeyes rattled off 19 consecutive points to close out the half, taking the lead at the 3:12 mark on a layup by Andre Wesson. The Illini didn't continue with the same type of assertiveness on the offensive end that helped them build their double-digit lead.

"We're playing well", coach Brad Underwood said after the game". "We do everything right". We quit passing the ball, and we start dribbling it.

Ohio State basketball wasn't supposed to bounce back this quickly.

In the midst of talking about the undisclosed team infraction that left fifth-year senior guard Kam Williams indefinitely suspended from the team, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann took a macro view of that the Buckeyes are doing.

"Guys get in on him and make small mistakes and he'll scramble out and get two".

And the final 10 minutes of the first half. But before the Illini could stretch the lead any further, Kieta Bates-Diop took over. His survived a first-period challenge on a takedown call and then scored eight of the next nine points. He also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Outside the one hiccup, OSU has dominated the rest of the Big Ten, including a 16-point win over then-No. IL also beat Rutgers by 31, holding the Knights to just 60 points.

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Nevills scored the initial takedown, and another in the second, to keep the match close.

Tied at 63, with just under four minutes to go, Ohio State closed out the game on a 12-4 run to secure its 11th conference victory of the season.

"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive", Alstork said.

Despite the poor outings from three of Illinois' top scorers, one bright spot was Alstork.

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IL will return home to face Wisconsin on Thursday. "We just weren't able to create much today".

"I think our guys are pretty consistent no matter where we go, whether we're wrestling matches Friday in the room or in Jersey or at home against Ohio State, we'll be the same people no matter what", said Cassar.

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