GameThread: Illinois at #14 Ohio State

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Ohio State plays host to Illinois at 12:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN (Time Warner channel 1301 in Columbus). Join fellow Buckeye hoops aficionados to close out the regular season in style.

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Ohio State culminates an up and down 2012-2013 men's basketball regular season with a Sunday afternoon showdown against former Ohio State top assistant coach John Groce and the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Illini and Buckeyes renew acquaintances after a January clash that more #BEATEMDOWN than brawl.

The Buckeyes enter this one coming off their biggest win of the year, taking down #2 (and at least co-Big Ten champs), Indiana. Illinois, on the other hand, tries to bounce back from a deflating road loss at the hands of the middle of the pack Iowa Hawkeyes. The Illini did take down now #1 Gonzaga on the road way back when, but this Illini team isn't quite the same as the one that played some of their best basketball in the early portions of the season. None the less, Brandon Paul is lethal as ever, D.J. Richardson is the consummate long distance threat, and though it's senior Evan Ravenel's day at VCA, the Buckeyes will have to be at their best to close the regular season the right way.

Below is your Illinois-Ohio State GameThread. If this is your first time hearing this you're about to experience something so cold. We don't have many rules around these parts, but basically it boils down to no impeding on anyone else's pursuit of life, liberty, and viral animated GIFs. Oh and mocking the officials is a must. And you probably should aim to be respectful on each other. But other than that, it's free for all, really. Do what you need to do, and if you have any questions, a friendly LGHL staff member will point you in the right direction.

Go Bucks.

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