12:00 PM ET, January 22, 2011
State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- With Ohio State down by eight and just under 13 minutes to play, Jared Sullinger assured his teammates that this one was in the bag."Don't worry, don't worry," the freshman sensation said over and over as he and the Buckeyes gathered for a timeout.No. 1 ranking and undefeated season on the line. Big Ten road game at Illinois (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP).
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• The top-ranked Buckeyes remained undefeated and started 20-0 or better for the third time in school history (1961 and 1962).
• Both previous 20-0 starts resulted in Ohio State advancing to the NCAA title game.
• Ohio State has won four straight and nine of 11 against Illinois. The Buckeyes have also won 10 straight road games in conference play.
• Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 27 points and added 16 rebounds, his second game this season with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-53 (.396)||28-65 (.431)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-15 (.467)||4-17 (.235)|
|FT Made-Attempted||24-27 (.889)||8-10 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|