No. 18 Illinois (22-6, 10-5 Big Ten) 70, Ohio State (17-8, 7-7 Big Ten) 68
Feb. 22, 2009
Value City Arena
Attendance: 19,049 (Sellout)
Illinois leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 99-59, while also holding a 40-37 advantage in Columbus. Against ranked Illinois squads, Ohio State is 9-34. This season, Illinois defeated Ohio State, 67-49, Jan. 20 in Champaign.
Ohio State is 5-5 vs. ranked opponents this season and 11-4 all-time against the 18th-ranked team.
With a 3-point basket in the second half, freshman William Buford passed Damon Stringer for fifth all-time among OSU freshmen with 35 made field goals from behind the arc.
Sophomore guard Evan Turner recorded his ninth-consecutive double-digit game, tallying 17 on the afternoon. It was his 23rd game of the season completing such a feat.
Turner and sophomore guard Jon Diebler led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points each. It was the 13th game Turner has led the team in scoring this season and fifth for Diebler.
Diebler went 4-for-10 from the 3-point line. He has made a 3-point basket in 23 of 25 games this season.
Ohio State is 19-13 when playing on Feb. 22.
The Buckeyes are 43-17 against Big Ten Conference opponents all-time in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes used a 10-2 run from 8:25 to 3:10 in the first half to tie the game after Illinois had a 22-14 lead.
Junior guard P.J. Hill had a career-high nine points.
Ohio State is 128-213 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
Former Buckeyes Scoonie Penn and Jamar Butler were in attendance. Penn compiled a 2-2 record vs. the Illini while Butler went 5-1 against Illinois, including the Buckeyes’ 65-64 victory over the No. 1-ranked Illini in 2005.
Thad Matta is 79-9 overall in Columbus with a record of 75-9 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Thad Matta’s career record is 224-74 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 122-43 in his fifth year at Ohio State and 5-3 vs. Illinois at the helm of the Buckeyes.