Feb. 5, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind a career-high 35 points from Keita Bates-Diop, No. 17 Ohio State held off Illinois 75-67 Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. The win moved the Buckeyes to 20-5 on the year, 11-1 in conference play, heading in to a Wednesday night matchup at No. 3 Purdue.
What They’re Saying – Brad Underwood, Illinois head coach
On Keita Bates-Diop
“I think Keita showed why he’s MVP of the league. We knew that coming in. He’s a very, very difficult matchup for us.”
– Ohio State improved to 45-41 all-time against the Illini in Columbus.
– The Buckeyes are 27-11 against Illinois when entering the game in the Top 25.
– Ohio State held Illinois scoreless the last 10-plus minutes of the first half, forcing eight turnovers and holding the Illini to 0-for-9 shooting.
– The Buckeyes set season highs with 26 made free throws on 33 attempts.
– The Buckeyes are 17-2 on the year when scoring at least 70 points.
– Ohio State is 15-2 on the year when it outrebounds its opponent.
– Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-best 35 points while tying his season-high 13 rebounds.
– The double-double was Bates-Diop’s 10th of the season and 16th of his career. Ohio State is 15-1 when Bates-Diop notches a double-double.
– Kaleb Wesson tallied his first-career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
– Andre Wesson made his first-career start.