COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s basketball team is preparing to take part in its final game of the out-of-conference portion of its schedule, a 9 p.m. tipoff with UNC Asheville.
Former Buckeye great Greg Oden appears to be in the holiday spirit.
Now a student manager for the Buckeyes basketball team, the 7-foot Oden typically isn’t tough to find. But on Thursday night he stood out even more, donning a a scarlet and gray ugly Christmas cardigan at the end of the Ohio State bench.
It was a decade ago Oden was suiting up for the Buckeyes on the court, helping lead OSU to an appearance in the 2007 Final Four and national championship game. In his lone season in Columbus, Oden averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.
Selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA draft, injuries derailed what appeared to be a promising pro career. In three combined seasons with Portland and the Miami Heat, he averaged 8.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game.
After a short-lived stint in China, Oden has returned to Ohio State to finish his degree. He’s been a student assistant on the Buckeyes’ staff since the start of the season and can often be found rebounding for the team before games.
Land of 10 will have you covered on the rest of the action from tonight’s game.