It’s a new year and a new season for Ohio State basketball.
The Buckeyes (10-3) are set to begin 2017 with their first conference game of the campaign. They will travel to Illinois to face off against the Illini (10-4, 0-1 in Big Ten).
Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game:
Ohio State basketball vs. Illinois game time, details
Date: Sunday, Jan. 1
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill.
The line: Illinois is a 1-point favorite.
Which TV channel broadcasts Ohio State basketball vs. Illinois?
Ohio State vs. Illinois will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Ohio State basketball vs. Illinois online?
BTN2Go will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How do I get BTN2Go?
Anyone with the Big Ten Network in their cable package can watch BTN2Go online for free. After clicking on the game you want to watch, select your cable provider (Uverse, Time Warner, etc) and input your username and password. Click here for more info.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Illinois on the radio?
For Ohio State, 97.1 FM in Columbus is the flagship station. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties. Click Click here for a list of Ohio State radio affiliates. The game will be broadcast on Sirius 145/XM 195 satellite radio. Click here for a list of Illinois radio affiliates.
Who is calling the game for the Big Ten Network?
Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (analysis) will be on the call for the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State basketball keys to the game
1. Starting off right
Ohio State begins conference play as the Buckeyes turn to 2017. On a day of fresh starts, it would help the Buckeyes immensely to start Big Ten play with a victory. A win against Illinois wouldn’t be anything earth-shattering, but this is more about avoiding the type of damage a loss would bring. If Ohio State is going to make the NCAA Tournament, these are the types of games it has to win.
2. Shaking off the rust
It’s been more than a week since Ohio State last played. The Buckeyes need to make sure they are focused and ready instead of spending the actual game working out those kinks.
3. Selective memory
Ohio State’s last game was a near disaster. Against UNC-Asheville on Dec. 22, the Buckeyes escaped with a 79-77 win. They didn’t play particularly well in the process. The disappointing performance surely left a nasty taste in their mouth, especially because they beat Youngstown State by 37 points two days prior. The Buckeyes need to put that performance past them and focus solely on Illinois.