COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois coach John Groce found the silver lining after a 68-55 loss to Ohio State and back-to-back road losses to end the regular season.
“I thought our toughness was really good. … I thought our leadership was good today,” Groce said. We’re going to stay poised.”
The Illini were without Joe Bertrand, who suffered a shoulder injury in practice. Groce said he hopes Bertrand will be ready for Thursday’s game.
Brandon Paul led the Illini (21-11, 8-10) with 21 points, while D.J. Richardson added 10.
Illinois led by four points midway through the first half, but the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-5) closed the half with a 12-2 run.