Columbus, OH -- Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points and Aaron Craft had 14 and six assists as the No. 14 Buckeyes avenged a Jan. 5 loss to Illinois with a 68-55 win on Sunday.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. registered 10 points and six rebounds the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten), who closed the regular season with five straight wins and can earn at least a share of the conference title with a Michigan victory over Indiana later on Sunday.
Brandon Paul scored 21 points and grabbed five boards for the Fighting Illini (21-11, 8-10), who have lost two straight and three of their last four. D.J. Richardson supplied 10 points in defeat.
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