9:00 PM ET, March 2, 2010
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Diebler, Buckeyes light up Illini for at least share of Big Ten title
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's players would watch other schools rush the court and they always wondered what it would be like if they were in the midst of such a wild celebration.Now they know.Jon Diebler once again lit up Illinois from behind the arc, hitting seven 3-pointers for 21 points, to lead the Buckeyes (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) to a 73-57 victory on Tuesday night that assured them of at least a share of the Big Ten title.
Powers: Bubble Business
With Tuesday's 73-57 loss to Ohio State, Illinois' NCAA tournament bubble is at its capacity. There's still time to inhale before it bursts, but that time is quickly dwindling, writes Scott Powers. Blog
• Ohio State has won seven of its last nine games vs. Illinois.
• The Buckeyes are 17-1 at Value City Arena this season.
• The Illini are 2-2 in their last four games vs. Ohio State.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-60 (.383)||24-54 (.444)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-23 (.304)||10-21 (.476)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-5 (.800)||15-24 (.625)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|