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.
Last year, the Illini went to the NCAA tournament. They even won a game in the Big Dance.
The Illini played better Thursday night. A hard-fought game against a good Ohio State team showed that.
Something's got to give Thursday night.
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.