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|#6 Ohio State Dumps Illinois; Illini NCAA Tournament Hopes Fading
|COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jon Diebler once again lit up Illinois from behind the arc, hitting seven 3-pointers for 21 points, to lead No. 6 Ohio State to a 73-57 victory Tuesday night that assured the Buckeyes of at least a share of the Big Ten title.
It was the third conference title in the last five years for Ohio State (24-7, 14-4), winners of four straight overall and 13 of 15.
William Buford added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Evan Turner contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds and David Lighty had 15 points for Ohio State.
DeMetri McCamey had 18 points for the Illini (18-12, 10-7), who have lost two straight and four of five.
Diebler hit six 3-pointers and scored 18 points in the Buckeyes' 72-53 rout at Illinois on February 14th.
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