Illini travel to No. 17 Ohio State

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We move the ball, we share it, we're playing together. "We can show video and do some things in practice but until you get in it, it's challenging".

"But, all in all, we were pretty solid".

Illinois: The Illini fought gallantly but didn't have enough to beat the more talented Buckeyes. Tip off is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Holtmann, in his first year at Ohio State after a successful run at Butler, now has won 20 or more games in each of his last five full years as a head coach. "They are gifted, talented and really athletic".

"They are No. 3 in forced turnovers and No. 8 in offensive rebounds, " said Holtman on Friday.

Don't count on it. IL remains competitive in a majority of their conference games, but struggle to close the deal. Ohio State, once again, wasn't going to let IL win.

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.

Vincenzo Joseph came into the night needing to do what he did against Rutgers last week and close the gap on the scoreboard for Penn State.

"We just gotta finish", Underwood said.

Drew: Notre Dame has now split its last two series, but the Irish haven't necessary slipped up since their winning streak ended. "We scored. Then all of a sudden we just quit doing it".

"Now, if we can make shots, we will take it to a whole another level".


IL freshman guard Trent Frazier buried five straight 3-pointers as the Illini built a double-digit lead that they would never relinquish.

"We have to stop beating ourselves", Jordan said. "Guys are understanding what they are trying to do".

Penn State trailed Ohio State for seven bouts but managed to emerge with a dramatic, 19-18 comeback win, thanks to a big late push on Saturday night. The others were Walter Meanwell at Wisconsin, who started 12-0 in 1912 and Sam Berry at Iowa, who started 11-0 in 1923.

UW shot 37.3 percent (22-59) for the game, while Ohio State shot 40.6 percent (26-64). "I haven't really wrestled in Rec Hall for awhile, so it felt good to have people cheering for you".

"They wrestled very well in the second half".

Holtmann wouldn't disclose what Williams did wrong but said he expects the senior averaging 8 points per game to return.

"He is probably the MVP in the league right now, " Underwood said. Penn State is now 12-0, 8-0 in the Big Ten. In addition to solidifying the Nittany Lions' imminent No. 1 ranking, the win also secured the Big Ten Dual Meet Championship for Penn State. Ohio State was 26-of-33, while IL made 12 of 17 attempts.

Radio - Fighting Illini Sports Network with Brian Barnhart and Doug Altenberger. Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Valley, Pa.) almost upset No. 2 Luke Pletcher but the Buckeye was able to defend his way to a close 5-4 decision, giving Ohio State an early 7-0 lead. The Illini had lost six in a row, but then won their most recent two, including Tuesday's game versus Rutgers.

Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Sunday as No. 17 Ohio State overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to subdue IL 75-67 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Snyder needed a major-decision win to forge a 19-19 tie, which would have given OSU the win based on total points criteria.

Scoring - Illinois: Leron Black 14.5; Trent Frazier 11.7, Michael Finke 9.9, Kipper Nichols 9.8. The Buckeyes got a big boost from Kaleb Wesson as well, who finished with 14 points on a ideal seven of seven from the field.

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