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.
Four straight losses. It's a new experience for the Illini under John Groce.
There's that word again: toughness.