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No. 14 Ohio State focused on Illinois finale

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After a wild and at times chaotic season, it all seems so simple now for No. 14 Ohio State.

If the Buckeyes win on Sunday in their regular-season finale at home against Illinois, they'll ride a 5-game winning streak into the postseason - and might even have a surprising share of the Big Ten championship.

Not so long ago, Ohio State fans were grousing because their team had lost 3 of 4 to spiral out of contention. Big wins at home against No. 4 Michigan State on Feb. 24 and on the road at No. 2 Indiana on Tuesday - along with upsets for the teams ahead of them - have transformed the season.

Suddenly, the Buckeyes have hopes for a four-way tie for the title.

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