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Illinois must build off first matchup to defeat Ohio State Thursday

Illinois' head coach John Groce checks the scoreboard late in the first half during the Illini's 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday, January 16.

By Alex Roux

January 27, 2016

Hey there, Ohio State. We meet again.So soon?Illinois basketball will face its first repeat opponent of the season in the Buckeyes Thursday, who are set to visit State Farm Center just over three weeks after edging the Illini 75-73 at home. Since the two teams last played Jan. 3, both lost three games,...

KRUSH EDITION: Ohio State and Illinois have gone different directions since 2005 stunner

John Groce was an assistant on the 2005 Ohio State team that handed then-No. 1 Illinois its only regular season loss. Since becoming Illinois' head coach, Groce is 1-5 against Ohio State.

By Alex Roux

January 25, 2016

THIS IS FOR THE OHIO STATE KRUSH EDITION ONLY DON'T PUT IT IN THE PAPEROhio State has been on different level than Illinois lately when it comes to revenue sports.Since 1999, the Buckeyes have won two national titles in football and have been to three Final Fours in basketball (one was later vacated...

Hill will be key against Ohio State

Illinois' Malcolm Hill draws a foul after a pump-fake against Hampton at State Farm Center on Dec. 17. Hill will be key if Illinois wants to beat Ohio State's 2-3 zone on Saturday. 

January 3, 2015

At press conferences, Rayvonte Rice often likes to reinforce one of his head coach’s many mantras. “We take it one game at a time,” the senior Illini guard usually says, which is often accompanied by a nod from Illinois coach John Groce. After a disappointing loss to Michigan on Tuesday, that’s exact...