The 14th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Illini 68-55 on Sunday closing out the regular season. Brandon Paul led the Illini with 21 points in a losing effort. Deshaun Thomas was Ohio State’s leading scorer with 19 points. The Illini finish the regular season with a 21-11 record, 8-10 in the Big Ten Conference. Illinois begins play at the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago this coming Thursday. March 14 against Minnesota. Illinois is the number eight seed, with Minnesota, the nine seed. Game time on Thursday is 11:00 AM.
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