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Illini vs Ohio State

The Buckeyes have several players who can score, and Illinois has to be conscious of Lenzelle Smith out of the corner and take away angles in the post. But to beat Ohio State, you have to limit Deshaun Thomas. The 6-foot-7 lefty is a natural scorer who OSU will screen into the post and use in pick-and-pop situations, and he has a quick release on his shot. Thomas leads the Bucks in scoring and rebounding, averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 40 percent from deep and 80 percent from the line. To limit Thomas, you must force him to be a 2-point shooter, don't foul him and make him work hard as a defender by involving him in ball screens and going at him. He will get his shots, but if he has to take mostly 2s and is not fouled, he has to work harder to produce big numbers.

Jay Bilas





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2016-2017 Illini Basketball Schedule

Home: 9-2 | Away: 0-2 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 12-6 (2-3)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 11Southeast Missouri StW 81-62
Sun, Nov 13Northern KentuckyW 79-64
Tue, Nov 15McKendreeW 112-65
Fri, Nov 18DetroitW 89-69
Mon, Nov 21WinthropL 84-80 OT
Thu, Nov 24West VirginiaL 89-57
Fri, Nov 25Florida StateL 72-61
Tue, Nov 29NC StateW 88-74
Sat, Dec 3VCUW 64-46
Tue, Dec 6IUPUIW 85-77
Sat, Dec 10Central MichiganW 92-73
Sat, Dec 17BYUW 75-73
Wed, Dec 21MissouriW 75-66
Tue, Dec 27@MarylandL 84-59
Sun, Jan 1Ohio StateW 75-70
Sat, Jan 7@IndianaL 96-80
Wed, Jan 11MichiganW 85-69
Sat, Jan 14MarylandL 62-56
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Tue, Jan 31Wisconsin8:00pm BTN
Sat, Feb 4Minnesota3:00pm BTN
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