Illinois Basketball: 5 takeaways from the Illini loss to Ohio State

Ohio State is averaging 77.5 points per game on offense this year while giving up 66.2 per contest.

The final month of the regular season is here and Ohio State surprisingly finds itself in position to make a run at a Big Ten championship. Remember 1 vs. 2. Ohio State, once again, wasn't going to let IL win.

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In addition to concentrating on Mitchell, UW must also turn its attention to redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, another player who has surpassed the 1,000-point mark, and who is just 19 blocks short of 300 for her career. "Cassar's a great wrestler, it was a big match and he got it done".

And who saw that coming as late as the end of December? A first true winning streak since the opening six games of the season was in Illinois' grasp. "We're going to have to just be a little bit better until Kam returns". "That's not usual. But Nick did a great job under the circumstances". But regardless of technical difficulties, Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson is under no obligation to change venues.

But February will determine just how seriously the Buckeyes can contend this season.

Over on the Ohio State side, they're sitting at 19-5 on the year.

With Jason Nolf (knee) out at least for the dual-meet season, Ohio State's Micah Jordan took down Penn State's Bo Pipher 11 times and his tech fall gave the Buckeyes that 10-point lead at the break.

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Mark Alstork had a different look and feel to his game.

Michigan State's best scoring chances of the first period came in the closing seconds.

Ohio State has made a habit of erasing double-digit deficits along the way, rallying to beat Minnesota (trailed by 10), IL (15), and MI (20). Retherford gave up two early takedowns to Hayes but punished him after that with 18 straight points including four nearfalls. His survived a first-period challenge on a takedown call and then scored eight of the next nine points.

Nevills went on the attack against Snyder and recorded the opening two-pointer. The public betting is strongly behind Ohio State as well. "We have to be ready for those moments". "We can show video and do some things in practice but until you get in it, it's challenging". We didn't finish moments we needed to finish. It was the first Wisconsin lead since 8:42 in the first quarter (3-2), overcoming a 16-point OSU lead in the first quarter.

Paula's picks: MI 5-4, 5-4.

The Buckeyes picked up a tossup win at 141, where No. 11 Joey McKenna decisioned No. 6 Nick Lee, 7-6, on the strength of 1:32 in riding time advantage. 165: No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph, PSU, maj. December.

184: Bo Nickal, PS md Myles Martin 10-2.

The Lions won four of five bouts in the second half, highlighted by sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) taking care of No. 1 Kollin Moore at 197.

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