Ohio State could be shorthanded for Saturday’s game at Michigan.
Today, coach Thad Matta said sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle suffered an ankle injury during Thursday’s practice session and another player “had his bell rung,” but that he’s hopeful both will be available against the Wolverines.
Lyle will miss Friday’s practice, Matta said. As for the unidentified player, the Buckeyes “don’t know his status yet, but we’ll piece ourselves tomorrow night at 6 o’clock and be ready to go,” Matta said.
Ohio State’s second-leading scorer at 12.1 points per game, Lyle has endured a rocky last few games and sat for the final 12:12 of Tuesday night’s 77-71 home loss to No. 17 Maryland. He finished with nine points, ending a streak of seven straight games of double-digit scoring.
The Buckeyes are already without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who will take a medical redshirt after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin. Asked if they could be down another player or two against Michigan, Matta said, “I hope not. From what I’m hearing from the training room, everybody should be good to go. Now, practice today may not be the same.”
Junior center Trevor Thompson came up limping during the second half against the Terrapins as well. Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said having guys banged up this time of the season isn’t a surprise, especially given the fact that the Buckeyes were the only Big Ten team to play 10 games in January.
“I feel like (Thursday), we competed pretty well,” Tate said. “We’ve been doing toughness drills, but guys are just banged up. It’s that time of the season that everybody’s banged up. We’re getting close to the end, and this year we don’t really have a bye week. It was during Christmas. It’s just something that in my three years of being here that that’s going to happen.
“Hopefully nobody’s really hurt, so we’ve got to take advantage of our treatment if that’s before or after practice and get ready to play again.”