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Thoughts on Ohio State basketball’s 69-60 road loss to Illinois

Thoughts on Ohio State basketball’s 69-60 road loss to Illinois

Jan 24, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini forward Matthew Mayer (24) blocks the shot of Ohio State Buckeyes guard Isaac Likekele (13) during the first half at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Why it mattered

After almost putting up a triple-double in the last game, Isaac Likele was rewarded with another start. He wasn’t nearly as effective in this one, shooting 2-of-8 and totaling just 5 points. Likelele added just two assists and five rebounds, while committing a turnover.  The urgency that “Ice” played with in the last game was not present against Illinois. He needs to produce better if the Buckeyes stand a chance at winning, and tonight was not the best effort for Likelele.

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