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Ayo Dosunmu to return for Illinois against Ohio State today

The best guard in the Big Ten is back for the No. 4 team in the country

Ayo Dosunmu of the Illinois Fighting Illini looks on before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center on February 27, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

It was projected when he was first hurt that Ayo Dosunmu might not be back for the No. 4 Illinois Fighting Illini until after the Big Ten Tournament next week.

But ahead of the Illini’s season closer against No. 7 Ohio State today, the star guard will return in a huge clash in Columbus.

The 6’5 guard from Chicago averages 21 points per game, shoots 40% from three-point range, and is one of the best closers in the college game. He’s missed the past three contests with a facial injury sustained in the Illini’s loss to Michigan State on February 23rd.

The team went 3-0 without him, but getting back a candidate for the Wooden Award as the national player of the year can only help their chances against the reeling Buckeyes. Ohio State hasn’t won a game since February 18th thanks to three straight losses to two Top 10 teams in Michigan and Iowa, and a puzzling setback at Michigan State on February 25th.

The Illini are currently a two-point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook.