#17 Ohio State defeated Illinois, 75-67 in Big Ten basketball Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.  The Buckeyes improve to 20-and-5 on the season -- 11-and-1 in the conference.  The Fighting Illini drop to 12-and-12 overall and 2-and-9 in the Big Ten.


Illinois held a 30-15 lead midway through the first half but then went the last 10 minutes of the half without scoring a point - as the Buckeyes went on a 19-0 run to take a 34-30 lead at halftime. 


Keita Bates-Diop had a career high 35 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.  Rebounds favored Ohio State, 45-22. Mark Alstork led the Illini with 19 points.  Trent Frazier added 12 in a losing cause.




We have the Illinois coaches show tonight (Monday) at 7 pm.  The Coach Brad Underwood radio show runs from 7-to-8 pm here on the Big-Z, 94.3 FM. 


>>Illinois returns home Thursday night to host the Wisconsin Badgers.  Game time - 8 pm at State Farm Center.