Wisconsin v Ohio State

No. 11 Ohio State gets 25 from Deshaun Thomas, beats Wisconsin

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You would think that, by now, the scouting report on No. 11 Ohio State would be readily available.

They have Deshaun Thomas. He likes to shoot a lot. He’s really the only scoring threat that the Buckeyes have. Do not let him get into a rhythm.

On Tuesday night, he did.

Thomas finished with 25 points, hitting 10-17 from the floor without the benefit of a three-pointer, as the Buckeyes knocked off Wisconsin 58-49 to keep pace with Michigan State one game back of Indiana and Michigan in the loss column in the Big Ten standings.

Where Thomas did his real damage, however, came midway through the second half. The Buckeyes used a 15-0 run to open up a 52-41 lead with six minutes left. Thomas scored 10 of those points.

What was most impressive about Thomas’ performance is that he wasn’t settling for threes. He did his work in the mid-post, squaring up Ryan Evans and Mike Breusewitz 10-12 feet from the basket and simply abusing them.

Also relevant for the Buckeyes: Aaron Craft’s 13 points and six assists. One of the major concerns for Ohio State this season is that they don’t have that secondary scoring threat, mainly because many believe that Craft is less of an offensive threat than he is a facilitator, a defender and a leader. He he had a couple of nice drives to the rim, beating Traevon Jackson to the bucket.

At the end of the day, it’s difficult to take too much out of a game like this. Ohio State is supposed to beat Wisconsin at home. They did that thanks to their best player playing like he was the best player on the floor. Wisconsin fought hard, but came up short.

If there is a concern to take out of this game for Bo Ryan’s club, it’s that they didn’t attempt a single free throw for the first time in his tenure as head coach, taking 28 of their 52 FGAs from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin isn’t build to get to the charity stripe, but that’s still worrisome. Getting to the foul line is a really easy way to build momentum on the road.

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Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.