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5 Years later, OSU's No. 1 spot on line vs. Illini

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's been almost five years now and Matt Sylvester is still occasionally recognized for one flick of the wrist.  

On a cold March day, in the final regular-season game of the 2005-06 season, it was the lanky and loose substitute forward who nailed the late 3-pointer that helped Ohio State ruin Illinois' unbeaten season and took away its spot atop the polls.  

There are eerie similarities between then and now. On Saturday, the 23rd-ranked Illini play host to No. 1 Ohio State, with a chance to turn the tables on the Buckeyes (19-0, 6-0 Big Ten).  

The Illini (14-5, 4-2) are far better than that overlooked Ohio State team from five years ago. They have more quality wins than the current Buckeyes do, too.  

It's the first in a series of tests for the Buckeyes.  

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