|Ohio State Men's Basketball Gameday||Dec. 5, 2018|
|Opponent||Illinois (2-6, 0-1 B1G)|
|Site||United Center (23,500)|
|Time||7 p.m. ET|
|Television||BTN | BTN2Go|
|Talent||Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
|Radio||OSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
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|Local Radio||WBNS-FM 97.1
|Satellite Radio||Sirius (135) / XM (195/196)
|Radio Talent||Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
|Live Stats||Gameday Live|
|Game Notes||Ohio State | Illinois | Big Ten|
|Preview Press Conferences||Ohio State|
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Early Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.3 points a game and has the Buckeyes off to a 7-1 start … he reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State … for his Ohio State career he is (105-292/.360) from distance … has scored 713 career points after an 11-point effort vs. Minnesota and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Duane Washington Jr. is 15-of-34 from 3-point range (.421) in eight appearances … Kyle Young is 23-for-33 shooting this season (.697), Jaedon LeDee is 10-for-14 from the field in seven appearances … Ohio State ranks 16th nationally in 3-point percentage defense (.265), 18th in scoring defense (60.1 ppg), 21st in field goal percentage defense (.372) and 23rd in scoring margin (+18.3).
Noting the Minnesota Game
Scouting The Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois enters the game vs. the Buckeyes with an overall 2-6 record after a loss to Nebraska Sunday in Lincoln (75-60). Illinois opened the season with a home win over Evansville, 99-60, falling to Georgetown in Champaign in the Gavitt Games, 88-80. In the Maui Classic, Illinois fell to Gonzaga, Iowa State and Xavier before returning home to take care of Mississippi Valley State. Prior to the Nebraska game, the Illini dropped a close one in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Notre Dame, 76-74. Trent Frazier (14.7 ppg.), Ayo Dosunmu (13.1 ppg.), Aaron Jordan (11.1 ppg.) and Giorgi Bezhanishvili (10.0 ppg.) all average double figures offensively. Dosunmu and Bezhanishvili each grab a team-high 4.9 rebounds a game to pace the Illini.
The Ohio State vs. Illinois Series
Illinois leads the overall series vs. Ohio State 102-77. The teams will not play on either the Illinois or Ohio State campus this year. Ohio State is 45-41 in Columbus while the Illini own a 60-26 advantage in Champaign. On neutral courts, the series is tied 1-all. Ohio State is 29-21 all-time vs. Big Ten teams on neutral courts. The Buckeyes last played a league team on a neutral court during conference regular-season play earlier this calendar year when Ohio State defeated Minnesota at Madison Square Garden, 67-49, Jan. 20, 2018. As a ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, Ohio State owns a 27-11 record in the series. When ranked, Ohio State has won the last five games vs. Illinois and 17 of the last 19. Overall, the Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight games vs. the Illini and 13 of the last 16 meetings. C.J. Jackson is the most experienced Buckeye in the Illinois series with two games played. He averages 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Sophomore Kaleb Wesson scored 10 points a year ago in the only meeting with the Illini. He also added 10 rebounds.
Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 818-717 against current league members. Chris Holtmann is new to the Big Ten but no stranger to Big Ten competition. He faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes this year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 20-9 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.