The Ohio State men’s basketball team tips off their 2017-2018 season Friday night against Robert Morris at 7:01 pm at Value City Arena.
The game will air live online only via BTN+.
Friday will mark the opening of the 119th season in Ohio State men’s basketball history. The Buckeyes are 99-17 all-time in home openers.
Who: Robert Morris (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Columbus, Ohio – Value City Arena
When: Friday Nov. 10, 7:01 pm (BTN+)
Why: Because Ohio State has never lost to Radford (2-0 all-time).
Three Point Territory
[New Faces] The Buckeyes will have three true scholarship freshmen on the roster, and all three will be counted on this season. Center Kaleb Wesson has already shown promise in practice and the lone exhibition game this season. He should provide some needed scoring help for an offense that will struggle with consistency this season.
Guard Musa Jallow is only 17 years old, but he did the Buckeyes a huge favor when he reclassified from the 2018 recruiting class to the 2017 class. He will be joined on the wing by fellow freshman Kyle Young, who was once committed to Chris Holtmann at Butler.
The point guard spot will also be helped by graduate transfer Andrew Dakich, who played for Michigan previously. How much Dakich will be called upon remains to be seen, but he’s a veteran presence at a position where such things come in handy.
[Old Faces] Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop has not played in a game for the Buckeyes since January 1, so to say that he is looking forward to this game would be a significant understatement. Chris Holtmann is relying on Bates-Diop to be a versatile weapon for this team moving forward.
Senior forward Jae’Season Tate is going to see the ball in a number of different ways, including perhaps playing a few minutes here and there as a point forward for the Buckeyes. Can he improve upon his .222 shooting from three-point range or .573 mark at the free throw line?
The Ohio State starting backcourt will be manned by junior point guard C.J. Jackson and fifth-year senior shooting guard Kam Williams. Holtmann is expecting both Jackson and Williams to have career-best seasons.
[A Brand New Era] This will be Chris Holtmann’s 200th game as a head coach, but first as the head coach at Ohio State. When he was hired, he spoke openly about the need to keep the best talent in state, and while things haven’t gone as smoothly as he had hoped, he has made up some nice ground out of state.
Holtmann is just the 14th head coach in the program’s history. The last time the Buckeyes debuted a new head coach was Thad Matta on November 15, 2004. The Buckeyes beat Towson that night 74-53.
Robert Morris Probable Starters
What You Should Know
+ Robert Morris is going to be fielding a very young team, with just three upperclassmen on the roster. Six of the 10 players listed above are freshmen.
+ Junior guard Matty McConnell is one to watch. He was sharp in the exhibition, scoring 51 points in Robert Morris’ two tuneup games.
+ There isn’t really anybody on this roster who can match up size-wise with OSU centers Micah Potter and Kaleb Wesson. In fact, they don’t list any actual centers on the roster.