COLUMBUS, Ohio — As it prepares to face the nation’s No. 20 team in Purdue, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will be without one of its key players.
Minutes before tipoff Thursday, the Buckeyes announced that junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will miss the tilt due to “leg soreness.”
@OhioStateHoops Keita Bates-Diop will miss game vs Purdue with leg soreness. Status is day to day.
— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) January 5, 2017
Bates-Diop missed five games earlier in the season with a high ankle sprain but played in Ohio State’s previous six games. In nine games total this season, the 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward has averaged 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
After losing their Big Ten opener to Illinois on Sunday, the Buckeyes will need all the help they can get against a Boilermakers team that lays claim to a 12-3 record. Bates-Diop could have helped create mismatches against Purdue’s leading scorer, forward Caleb Swanigan, had he been healthy enough to play on Thursday night.
A 6-foot-9, 250-pound sophomore, Swanigan is averaging 18.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists on the season.
Now listed as “day-to-day,” it will be interesting to see how much time Bates-Diop misses. After Thursday, the Buckeyes have a quick turnaround with a Sunday matchup against Minnesota. Counting Thursday night, Ohio State will play four games in the next 11 days.
Land of 10 will have you covered from Columbus with the latest news from Thursday’s Big Ten battle.