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Illinois vs Ohio State Final: 74-55 - Recap

Illinois grabbed a 74-55 win over Ohio State on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Brandon Paul at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Bettors who backed Illinois were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 3 at sportsbooks.

Illinois got 16 points from Nnanna Egwu and another 13 points from Tracy Abrams. Tracy Abrams contributed 5 assists, while Nnanna Egwu cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.

Ohio State got 24 points from Deshaun Thomas in a losing cause and another 11 points from Aaron Craft. Aaron Craft contributed 3 assists for them, while Lenzelle Smith, Jr. had 7 rebounds.

Illinois led at halftime, 37-25.

The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 40 boards, while Ohio State only had 30.