After getting run out of the building in a blowout loss to Michigan 10 days ago, the Illini knew what they had to do in the rematch Friday. And they did it.
CHAMPAIGN — Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3-percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday.
The Illini played better Thursday night. A hard-fought game against a good Ohio State team showed that.
This Illini season was supposed to be about fresh faces, and if the few Illini veterans don't start playing better, it soon will be.