Ohio State Men's Basketball Gameday Feb. 14, 2019
Opponent Illinois (9-15, 5-8 B1G)
Site Value City Arena (18,809)
Time 7 p.m. ET
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Talent Jason Benetti (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
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C.J. Jackson reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (134-360/.372) from distance … has scored 902 career points after a 10-point effort at Indiana and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Kyle Young, who missed four games with a stress fracture in his right leg, is 56-for-77 shooting this season (.727) … he returned to action vs. Penn State Feb. 7 after suffering the injury vs. Maryland Jan. 18 … Joey Lane has appeared in nine games this season and is 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range … he also has six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 3.1 minutes per game.
Scouting the Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois enters the game vs. the Buckeyes with an overall 9-15 record on the heels of three-consecutive home wins vs. Nebraska, Michigan State and Rutgers. 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. Since an Ohio State win in Chicago over the Illini Dec. 5, Illinois has gone 7-8 overall. Trent Frazier (14.7 ppg.), Ayo Dosunmu (14.1 ppg.) and Giorgi Bezhanishvili (12.2 ppg.) all average double figures offensively. Bezhanishvili grabs a team-high 5.0 rebounds a game.
The Ohio State vs. Illinois Series
Illinois leads the overall series vs. Ohio State 102-73. Ohio State is 45-41 in Columbus while the Illini own a 60-26 advantage in Champaign. On neutral courts, the Buckeyes lead 2-1. Ohio State is 30-21 all-time vs. Big Ten teams on neutral courts. The Buckeyes defeated Illinois in Chicago at the United Center Dec. 5, 2018 in the other meeting this year. 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 823-723 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 last year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 25-17 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.