Ohio State guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., right, drives the ball against Purdue center A.J. Hammons (20) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

No. 24 Ohio State holds off Purdue 63-61

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on for a 63…

Illinois guard Tracy Abrams (13) looks to pass against Indiana's Evan Gordon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Abrams leads Illinois past Indiana 64-54

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Tracy Abrams had 25 points to lead ninth-seeded Illinois to a 64-54 win over eight-seed Indiana on Thursday in the first…