Ohio State Basketball vs. Illinois: Preview and prediction


After playing against the top two scoring offenses in the Big Ten in back-to-back games, the Badgers have held their own by holding the Minnesota Golden Gophers to their third lowest point and Ohio State to their second lowest point total of conference play. Outside of Leron Black and Trent Frazier, nobody on the roster even averages ten points per game.

Should No. 17 Ohio State have any trouble at home when the Buckeyes play host to IL today at Noon ET?

Bates-Diop finished the half with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and also added six rebounds. His 13 rebounds gave him his 10th double-double of the season. The tied the game up at 63 and then never looked back. He made 13 of 15 free throws, including three in a row in the final 37 seconds to seal the game for the Buckeyes.

Something about when you put them all together and they wear a Penn State singlet, I just want to destroy them, probably because they're good.

Cassar was asked when he knew he was going to wrestle Moore, 18-0 coming in. "We'll have to be very sharp in running our set plays, very sharp in running our motion offense".

The 31-point win by IL over Rutgers looked good last Tuesday and it looks even better after the Big Ten leading Purdue Boilermakers survived an upset bid by the Scarlet Knights. IL also beat Rutgers by 31, holding the Knights to just 60 points.

Fittingly, it came down to the nation's top wrestler in Ohio State heavyweight Kyle Snyder in the last match of a matchup of the nation's top-two ranked teams. 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. MI is one point behind Wisconsin in the conference standings, and a split seems like the logical pick.

While the Illini have relied heavily on their freshman, it has been the opposite for the Buckeyes.

More news: Katrina joins Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma on Zero sets
More news: Winning TD for Eagles extra clear-cut than Dez Bryant 'non-catch'
More news: Pakistan screens movie on Kashmir freedom struggle in Iran

In the last two home games, the Fighting Illini were rewarded with wins over IN (73-71) and Rutgers (91-60).

"It was a little weird in the beginning (without Williams), but we figured it out as the game went on", Bates-Diop said Sunday. The flaws we already knew existed with this team popped up again, and yet it found a way to beat an IL team that's better than its 12-12 (2-9) record indicates.

"I don't think anyone, really".

Michigan State's best scoring chances of the first period came in the closing seconds. "We weren't anxious and knew we were gonna come back", said junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, highlighting the best quality about an Ohio State team that picked up its 20th win in the 25th game of the season on Sunday, 75-67 over the Fighting Illini. Or were they looking ahead to Purdue?

"In my opinion, they've got the best player in the league", Underwood said.

Despite holding No. 18 Ohio State to almost 19 points below its season average, the Wisconsin women's basketball fell to the Buckeyes, 68-55, on Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

"Shoot we were doing back flips". "But it's going to be kind of a day-to-day decision".

Ohio State returns to Value City Arena on Thursday to host Rutgers.