Buckeyes rally past IL

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 versus the Big Ten.

IL is finally starting to feel like it's getting some traction in coach Brad Underwood's first season, even though the standings don't reflect the progress. Ohio State travels to play the Boilermakers on Wednesday night. The Illini are 12-11 overall, 2-8 in the Big Ten and 8-10-1 against the spread. The Buckeyes (19-5, 8-3) lead 22-6 with 1:54 left in the first period.

The Illini shot the ball well against Rutgers, connecting on 71 percent of their two-pointers, 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. "We prepare for them like they're at the top of the Big Ten".

To the Illini's credit - and here is where this team has improved since its 25-point loss at Wisconsin on January 19 - they joined the dogfight with teeth bared. Lambdin and David Keefer set up Zach Osburn at the point where he let a wrister go that got through traffic and past Sean Romeo to make it 3-2.

In the first ranked vs. ranked matchup of the dual, No. 4 Nick Lee fell to No. 11 Joey McKenna, 7-6. "Two of the three periods were what we expected".

Despite that, a four-point deficit at the half had IL feeling like it was still in the game even after one of its roughest stretches of the season. Defense and shot selection are pretty fair markers of good coaching, and Ohio State has a very good coach. Campbell extended his bout for as long as he could before succumbing to Retherford, who was looking for a fall for the entire bout but never found it, scoring 10 near fall points in the effort.

The Illini had all the makings of an upset early and the first win over a ranked team in the Brad Underwood era, they led the 17th-ranked Buckeyes by 15 midway through the first half but OSU went on a 20-0 run.

Drew: There wasn't a whole lot of defense the last time these two met, with MI winning 7-3 the first night and the two teams tying 4-4 on Saturday.

"This is my 32nd year doing this, and I've done No. 1 vs No. 2 back in the day, and when people ask me where my favorite place to do a meet is, I will tell you: 'Anywhere it's packed, and anywhere it's No. 1 vs 2, '" Big Ten and ESPN wrestling analyst Tim Johnson told the Centre Daily Times. While giving the fans some excitable moments by taking down Tomasello three times, Tomasello was the one with more slicks and more strength and won a wild 21-12 major decision.

Cassar could draw the assignment at 197 pounds for Penn State against No. 1 ranked Kollin Moore.

Nittany Lion Anthony Cassar took down to start the third with the matched tied, 2-2.

But too many fouls, a few too many missed free throws and just one made shot out of its last eight was a late hurdle IL couldn't clear. He picked up Ohio State's guards full court and made things tough for them the entire game. No. 6 Nick Nevills kept up with Olympic and World champion No. 1 Kyle Snyder in a 15-10 slugfest.

  • Angelo Rivera