Illini prep for early morning test with Buckeyes


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois has won two games in a row now, after losing their first eight Big Ten games. To get to three, they have to take down Ohio State, who has shocked the Big Ten with a 10-1 record.

Value City Arena has not been kind to the Illini, entering Sunday with a 2-13 record in the venue. Illinois hasn’t won there since 2009.

“In my opinion they’ve got the best player in the league,” head coach Brad Underwood said. “Kieta’s had an incredible year, he scores in every way possible and you put him with Tate and those are two really really good wings.”

“Obviously they have a really good player in Kieta. I know a lot about him just from being around the area obviously playing against him but we’re both going out there and playing an early game obviously, so we’re used to it, we practice early all the time, had an early practice today,” Michael Finke added. “Just gotta go out there and be the team that sets the rules first and go out there and be the aggressor and I think that we’re definitely capable of doing that.”

It’s an 11 a.m. tip-off from Columbus on Sunday.

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