No. 17 Buckeyes hold off IL for 20th win

Hope Soto
February 8, 2018

While the Illini still play three ranked opponents this year in Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue, the odds of them upsetting any of the trio seem extremely unlikely given their level of play thus far.

The Buckeyes travel to Purdue, which is unbeaten in the Big Ten, on Wednesday.

IL played about as good as it can the first 10 minutes of the game, opening a 30-15 lead by forcing Ohio State into turnovers and by hitting shots.

"When we get in trouble, we quit passing".

To win the Big Ten, Ohio State (20-5, 11-1) will have to survive the most hard portion of its league schedule.

Ohio State's key players have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with, as a handful of Buckeyes approach some huge milestones.

February could be challenging. During the Minnesota game, UW was able to out rebound the Gophers, which was a factor in in forcing Minnesota into one of its lower scoring games this season.

After an offensive lull, the Fighting Illini have picked it up over the last three games, with at least 73 in each one. Friday's game begins at 6:35 p.m. and is televised by the Big Ten Network. The OSU size and defense was too much for the Hoosiers to handle as they held IN to just 36.4 percent shooting IN the game while out-rebounding them 39-26. "They told me that they need me to be free and play and be who I am and so I wanted to go out there and show them that I was listening".

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"If our guys aren't ready, then that's on them and me and us".

"They wrestled very well in the second half".

The Spartans (9-17-1, 3-13-1-1) kept the play in the OSU zone for stretches of the second and got rewarded with 8:21 to play in the period as Lambdin made it a 2-1 game. "Just under the circumstances, we're celebrating a regular decision (loss)", Sanderson said. "We prepare for them like they're at the top of the Big Ten".

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

"It's a defensive system unlike anything you've maybe ever seen", Holtmann said. We move the ball, share it, we're playing together and we make a few 3s. The nation's top two teams each won five bouts, but the Nittany Lions' three bonus point wins carried them all the way back from an early 10-0 deficit in front of the largest Rec Hall crowd of the season. Neither team shot well from 3-point range with Wisconsin hitting just 3-11 (27.3 percent) while the Buckeyes were 4-18 (22.2 percent).

By the time Trent Frazier broke the drought with a 3-pointer in the second half, 11 minutes and 30 seconds had passed between IL points.

Junior Marsha Howard led the Badgers with 20 points while senior Cayla McMorris recorded her fifth career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Drew: I think it's safe to say that the Buckeyes have solidified themselves as the second-best team in the conference.

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