Justice Sueing scored 19 points and No. 23 Ohio State scored the first 22 points en route to a 94-67 win over Illinois State on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. The Buckeyes created their own energy as Sueing, making his Ohio State debut after transferring and sitting out a year, had seven points in the team's opening surge. E.J. Liddell had 16 points while Duane Washington and freshman Zed Key each scored 12 for the Buckeyes.
At the top of the rankings, No. 3 Clemson (7-1) being ahead of Ohio State (4-0) is a sign that who teams have faced and how many games they’ve played will matter for the CFP selection committee.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and Illinois State counterpart Dan Muller won't know whether to hold their breath or exhale in relief when their teams open the 2020-21 season in Columbus on Wednesday. "The opportunity to play games right now in the midst of what we're going through is a blessing every time we get a chance to do that, so really grateful for where we're at," Holtmann said Monday. Illinois State, which was 10-21 overall and 5-13 (ninth) in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference last season, knows all too well how the coronavirus can be disruptive.