UI 74, Ohio State 55: Just the facts

UI 74, Ohio State 55: Just the facts

Illinois led by as many as 25 in the process of beating a Top-10 opponent for the second time this season and came away with its largest margin of victory against a team ranked in the Top 10 since beating No. 10 Iowa 74-51 in 1954.

“They played us very, very well defensively. We could never get that one bucket to kind of free us up, free our minds up a little bit and we probably pressed.” — Coach Thad Matta, whose team set a season low for points scored.

“I’m thankful for the character of our guys. They let us coach them, our leadership’s good, they respond well and we can get on them, they don’t put their head down and they listen and they fight.” — Coach John Groce

The Illini avoided going 0-2 in conference play for the first time since the 2007-08 season by spanking the Buckeyes, who are 0-3 against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season.

If No. 9 Minnesota can take care of business against Northwestern on Sunday, Wednesday’s game against the Gophers at the Assembly Hall (8 p.m., BTN) will mark the first time since the 2005 Final Four that the Illini will have faced Top-10 opponents in consecutive games.


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illinigator wrote on January 06, 2013 at 7:01 am

what you got to comment on today Mooey?  Love to hear what negetives you found in Saturday's game.