Illini grade vs. Ohio State: C
PLAYER OF THE GAME: OSU’s Deshaun Thomas
The junior might have been playing his last home game for the Buckeyes as he’s quietly gone about leading the Big Ten in scoring, adding 19 points Sunday.
BACKCOURT — Ohio State A, Illinois B+
The Illinois guards were pressed into extra duty with the injury to Joseph Bertrand, and the trio of Paul, Abrams and Richardson combined for 40 points
FRONTCOURT — Ohio State B, Illinois D
Foul trouble limited Sam McLaurin and Nnanna Egwu all game and neither was able to find a rhythm, combining for two points and three rebounds to go along with six fouls.
BENCH — Ohio State A, Illinois C+
With Bertrand out, Devin Langford saw significant time and gave good energy along with Myke Henry (seven points, eight boards) and Tyler Griffey (six points, two boards).
OVERALL — Ohio State A, Illinois C
The effort has been there for the Illini, but it’s time for the execution to follow suit, otherwise the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments might be short stints.