At this point in Ohio State’s season, every game is crucial if the Buckeyes want to make the NCAA Tournament without having to win the Big Ten Tournament.
So the Buckeyes are hoping to have a key part of their backcourt Tuesday night when they face Michigan State (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). JaQuan Lyle has been dealing with on- and off-court issues, but he could be back in uniform Tuesday night. Lyle played through an ankle injury in a Feb. 8 game against Rutgers but missed Saturday’s game against Maryland because of a family emergency.
Lyle is back with the team and, because of his ankle injury, will be a “game-time decision,” coach Thad Matta told CBS’ Jon Rothstein.
Ohio State's Ja'Quan Lyle (ankle) will be a game time decision for tonight's game against Michigan State, per Thad Matta.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 14, 2017
Lyle, a sophomore guard, leads the team with 5.0 assists per game — a number that ranks fourth in the conference. He also averages 11.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game.
Ohio State is 15-11 overall and 5-8 in the Big Ten with five regular season games remaining.