January 23, 2023

Buckeye Road Week Starts on Tuesday at Illinois

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Ohio State at Illinois
Date:
January 24, 2023
Time:
7 p.m. ET
Venue:
State Farm Center – Champaign, Ill.
Watch: ESPN
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Illinois
Rosters:
Ohio State | Illinois
Season Stats: Ohio State | Illinois

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State hits the road for a pair of games this week, beginning with a trip to Champaign to take on Illinois on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET at the State Farm Center and the game will be televised on ESPN. Brian Custer, Robbie Hummel and Myron Medcalf will call the action.

  • This will be the 190th meeting all-time between the two programs. Illinois leads the series 108-81 but the Buckeyes have won four of the last five meetings in Champaign.
  • Last year, Malaki Branham scored 31 points and E.J. Liddell added 21 points and four blocks as the Buckeyes withstood a furious late rally by the Illini to hold on for an 86-83 victory in Champaign in the team’s only meeting.
  • The Buckeyes broke a five-game losing skid on Saturday with a solid 93-77 victory over Iowa. In the win, the Buckeyes shot nearly 65 percent in the second half and scored 56 points. It was their highest scoring half this season and just the fifth half of 50 or more points. Finishing games down the stretch was an issue for the Buckeyes during the losing streak but they finished in style vs. Iowa.
  • Captain Isaac Likekele stepped up when the team needed him as he had his best game of the year against Iowa, scoring 18 points and notching game-highs of 10 rebounds and seven assists for his first double-double of the season.
  • Brice Sensabaugh scored a season-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and 4-of-5 from long range vs. Iowa. It was his 10th consecutive game leading the team in scoring, marking the first time a freshman has done that in program history.
  • Sensabaugh is second nationally among freshmen in scoring at 17.5 points per game. He has started 10 games and is averaging nearly 20 points per game (19.9 ppg) in those starts.
  • The Buckeye offense is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (47.2) as well as three-point field goal percentage (38.7). 12 of the 14 players have knocked-down a three-pointer this season and the Buckeyes are in the Top 20 nationally in three-point percentage.
  • Illinois had its four-game win streak snapped last Thursday at home as Indiana stormed in for an 80-65 victory. The Fighting Illini are 9-2 at home but both losses have come to Big Ten opponents.
  • Sean McNeil has made multiple three-pointers in each of the last five games and is nine three-pointers shy of 200 for his career.
  • Senior captain Justice Sueing is 23 points away from 1,500 in his career. He has scored 591 points in his Ohio State career.

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