Upset alert? Ohio State uses 22-4 run to take commanding lead over Illinois
There could be an upset alert in Champaign with Ohio State up on Illinois.
And Ohio State is not just up, but up big in large part due to a 22-4 run.
The No. 21 Buckeyes are leading No. 14 Illinois 39-24 at halftime in what has been an impressive first half of road basketball for Ohio State.
The visitors were led by forward E.J. Liddell who had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and was the only Buckeye player with double-digit scoring. Most impressive for Ohio State, however, is the 17 points that have come off the bench so far for a team that is 51.6 percent from the floor in the first half.
Illinois hasn’t necessarily struggled offensively but has had a hard time finding a hot hand. Part of it might be rust as their midweek game against Nebraska was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.
Last time out on the court, Illinois lost at home 66-63 to Maryland.
The hot start to the game continues a recent uptick for Ohio State, who beat then ranked Rutgers last weekend on the road and then Northwestern midweek. Both wins were by double-digits.