No. 1 Badgers lose to No. 6 Ohio State

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07 February, 2018

IL is on a two-game winning streak, their first two wins in conference play this year. All times are local.

"I think overall our guys wrestled well".

Between now and the end of the season, the Buckeyes also will travel to Penn State, the only Big Ten team to beat them, then to No. 20 MI, and will conclude the regular season at Assembly Hall against Indiana. I can't find a reason to pick the Spartans this weekend.

No. 1 Penn State did what very few thought was possible Saturday night in front of an electric Rec Hall crowd of 6,699 - beat No. 2 Ohio State without Jason Nolf in the lineup.

"Really, they could be sitting with five or six wins with the number of close games, " said Holtman, pointing out that IL has lost three overtime games and another to Nebraska on a last-second shot. Penn State is now 12-0, 8-0 in the Big Ten.

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. Both Friday's and Saturday's games begin at 7:05 p.m. and neither is televised. Ohio State has a really, really great team. The result was another disappointing loss in a game they could have won.

Junior Marsha Howard led the Badgers with 20 points while senior Cayla McMorris recorded her fifth career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

"It's big", Bates-Diop said of the looming showdown. Penn State probably needs the game to open up and turn into a track meet for it to find some success this weekend.

"That one was as tough as it comes", Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said.

Paula: I think Drew's assessment is completely accurate.

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Jae'Sean Tate scored 11 points for the Buckeyes (20-5, 11-1), who have won three straight and 10 of their last 11. Trent Frazier is adding 11.7 points per contest.

There were questions as to when Boise State transfer Carson Kuhn would make his Penn State debut.

"Bad stretches and mental lapses", IL guard Mark Alstork said was what led to Sunday's loss.

Drew's picks: Notre Dame 3-1, 2-1.

Penalties: W 2-for-4, OS 2-for-4.

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. Both teams have a top-15 offense and the Badgers are averaging 2.86 goals allowed per game while MI is averaging 3.15. "I'm looking forward to (Bo) Nickal vs. (Myles) Martin, and Mark Hall, but I really want to see an upset at 197". Logan Lambdin scored and had an assist for Michigan State, which outshot the Buckeyes, 27-21. "I mean it's the biggest match of the year". The Buckeyes rattled off 19 consecutive points to close out the half, taking the lead at the 3:12 mark on a layup by Andre Wesson. OSU found new life in the period, outscoring the Badgers 9-1 to lead 53-41 with 7:31 remaining. Everything this weekend depends on which team plays consistent hockey.

Today's game will be shown on Fox Sports 1, while it can be heard locally on the Fighting Illini Sports Network including Danville stations WDAN-AM 1490 and WDNL-FM 102.1.

Wisconsin, now 13-13-4, 7-9-3 in Big Ten, will play at MI again tonight.

Rebounding - Illinois: Black 5.2, Finke 5.0, Kipper Nichols 4.5, Alstork 4.0.


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