Ohio State faces Illinois in Big Ten finals

Ohio State is set to match up against Illinois in the Championship of the Big Ten tourney

Ohio State faces Illinois in Big Ten finals
Minnesota guard Tre' Williams (1) drives on Ohio State forward Justice Sueing (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Source: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Ohio State (21-8, 15-8) vs. Illinois (22-6, 18-4)

Big Ten Tourney Championship, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Ohio State is set to take on Illinois in the Championship of the Big Ten tourney. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on March 6, when the Fighting Illini shot 51.9 percent from the field while holding Ohio State to just 40 percent en route to a 73-68 victory.

SUPER SENIORS: Ohio State’s Justice Sueing, Kyle Young and CJ Walker have combined to score 34 percent of the team’s points this season, including 45 percent of all Buckeyes scoring over the last five games.

OFFENSIVE THREAT: Ayo Dosunmu has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Illinois field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 22 field goals and 18 assists in those games.

ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Buckeyes have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Illini. Illinois has 50 assists on 91 field goals (54.9 percent) across its past three contests while Ohio State has assists on 51 of 82 field goals (62.2 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The Ohio State offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.7 percent of its possessions, which is the 20th-lowest rate in the nation. The Illinois defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 16.4 percent of all possessions (ranked 315th among Division I teams).


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