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The Illini have played themselves out of multiple wins this season - see Northwestern, Maryland and Minnesota losses. With more than a dozen friends and family on hand, the OH native knew this was his last chance to play in his home state and the senior came to play scoring a season high 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting but an 11-minute, 31 second first half scoring drought ultimately proved to be too much to overcome.

Coming up on Sunday from Value City Arena, the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes will be meeting up in college basketball action.

Mark Alstork scored five of the Illlini's first eight points and finished with 11 points in the first half.

At the time the Illini grabbed that 30-15 lead, they'd been moving the ball beautifully, made four open 3-pointers and were cruising. IL managed a pair of wins recently, but they were both at home. In his first year as coach, Brad Underwood is simply hoping to avoid embarrassments and build his program. "We do everything right". "We'll have to be very sharp in running our set plays, very sharp in running our motion offense". Then we fall in love with (shooting the 3).

Though Ohio State has many prolific weapons, UW has some offensive talent as well.

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IL used its aggressive defense to create offense in the first half of the first half.

They'll go as far as star Keita Bates-Diop is able to take them.

Junior Marsha Howard led the Badgers with 20 points while senior Cayla McMorris recorded her fifth career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

"That was a frustrating first half", Underwood said. Senior forward Vincent Edwards ranks with Bates-Diop as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Rather than give in, IL answered despite playing the half with both Leron Black and Kipper Nichols in foul trouble. He scored all of 12 of his points in the second half to keep the Illini in the game, but it wasn't enough. Then, trailing 62-58 with six minutes left in regulation, the Buckeyes closed the game on 17-5 run to seal the victory.

But No. 1 Penn State wanted to find a way not to disappoint 6,699 fans at full throat, and to maintain that ranking and preserve that 43-match winning streak, and Anthony Cassar had the simple answer - just knock off the No. 1 guy in the country at 197pounds.

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"I think overall our guys wrestled well".

Despite the poor outings from three of Illinois' top scorers, one bright spot was Alstork. Trent Frazier is adding 11.7 points per contest.

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IL will return home to face Wisconsin on Thursday. To see just how precious one of the almost 7,000 seats in the arena is, we turn to our friends at VividSeats for a full breakdown.

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