Illinois was hoping to stop its extended slump and build momentum for a strong finish when it hosted No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday night.
Instead, the Illini turned in a befuddling offensive performance.
Illinois shot just 28.3 percent from the field and had 13 turnovers in a 48-39 loss to the Buckeyes.
"Obviously our offense was anemic today," coach John Groce said. "I thought Ohio State had a lot to do with that. I thought they imposed their will on the defensive end, especially in the second half."
Tracy Abrams had 13 points for Illinois (14-12, 3-10 Big Ten), which has lost 10 of 11. Nnanna Egwu had a career-high 14 rebounds but fouled out late.
"I give those guys a little bit of credit — they play hard, they play smart," Abrams said. "(But) it's a matter of you being tough and getting it where you need to go."
Aaron Craft led the Buckeyes (20-6, 7-6) with 14 points, even after spending two long stretches on the bench in foul trouble.
Illinois State 70, Bradley 54: Daishon Knight scored a career-high 26 points to propel Illinois State (14-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley) to a win over Bradley.
Walt Lemon Jr. led the Braves (11-16, 6-8) with 18 points.
SIU-Edwardsville 83, Austin Peay 68: Donivine Stewart and Rozell Nunn scored 17 points each to lead SIU-Edwardsville (11-16, 7-6 Ohio Valley Conference) in a victory over Austin Peay (11-15, 5-7).
Indiana State 60, Southern Illinois 57: Jake Odum scored 15 points, and Indiana State overcame a halftime deficit to edge Southern Illinois.
Khristian Smith added 10 points for the Sycamores (20-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley).
Desmar Jackson led the Salukis (10-17, 6-8) with 19 points. Anthony Beane added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Indiana State's last four wins have been by six points or less.
Providence 84, DePaul 61: Bryce Cotton continued his superb senior season, netting a game-high 22 points and handing out six assists as Providence ran past DePaul.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Providence, which came in having dropped four of its previous five games. The Friars (17-9, 7-6 Big East) placed five players in double figures with Kadeem Batts scoring 15 points and LaDontae Henton pumping in 13.
Brandon Young poured in 18 points to lead DePaul (10-16, 2-11), with Sandi Marcius contributing 15 points and six rebounds.
Akron 62, Northern Illinois 54: Demetrius Treadwell scored 25 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, and pulled down 10 rebounds as Akron (17-8, 9-3 Mid-American) took over sole possession of first place of the Mid-American Conference's East Division with a win over Northern Illinois.
Jordan Threloff paced Northern Illinois (11-13, 5-7).
Youngstown State 59, Illinois-Chicago 56: Kendrick Perry scored 31 points — including four free throws in the final 25 seconds — as Youngstown State (14-13, 5-7 Horizon League) clawed back to hold off Illinois-Chicago (5-21, 0-12).
South Dakota State 62, Western Illinois 50: Jordan Dykstra scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds as South Dakota State (16-10, 8-3 Summit) ran away from Western Illinois.
Mike Miklusak and Garret Covington each scored 12 points to lead Western Illinois (9-16, 3-7).
Drake 70, Loyola 62: Richard Carter scored 20 points to lead Drake (13-13, 4-10 Missouri Valley) to a win over Loyola (9-17, 4-10).
South Dakota 71, IUPUI 67: Trevor Gruis scored 18 points and South Dakota withstood a late rally from IUPUI.
Tyler Larson scored 13 for the Coyotes (10-15, 4-6 Summit League). Tyler Flack had 12 and Trey Norris added 10.
Mitch Patton led the Jaguars (6-22, 1-10) with 16 points. Ray added 12 points and Barksdale had 10.
Bowling Green 66, Ball State 64: Spencer Parker scored 22 points, and Richaun Holmes had 17 with 11 rebounds, and Bowling Green overtook Ball State in the final minute.
Bowling Green (11-14, 5-7 Mid-American Conference) led all the way until Ball State (4-9, 1-11) took over at 48-47 with 11 minutes remaining in the second half.
Ball State pulled ahead by as many as five points down the stretch and led 64-61 with a minute to play before Spencer Parker made two free throws and Anthony Henderson added a layup and Bowling Green regained the lead 65-64 with 44 seconds remaining. Ball State missed its next two attempts inside and the Falcons added a free throw to pad the victory.
Jesse Berry led Ball State with 20 points.