This time, Thad Matta received news at a press conference rather than delivering it.

Today, the Ohio State coach told reporters that he wasn’t sure whether JaQuan Lyle would be with the team Tuesday night when it plays at Michigan State. The sophomore guard had been back home in Evansville, Indiana, to be with his family after his sister, Jala, suffered complications from giving birth last week.

After a Dispatch reporter posted that news to Twitter, Lyle replied a few moments later with a message: “I haven't seen him yet ... tell him I'm getting taped and ready for practice now.”

“Oh, good,” Matta said with a laugh. “Thank you.”

#Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said he doesn't know yet if JaQuan Lyle will play or be available for tomorrow night.

— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) February 13, 2017

I haven't seen him yet..tell him I'm getting taped and ready for practice now

— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba13) February 13, 2017

Lyle missed Saturday’s loss at Maryland to be with his sister, whom Matta said today has come out of a coma but is still hospitalized.

Before Lyle’s tweet, Matta he hadn’t heard from the sophomore today and wasn’t sure where he was. The plan was to prepare as if Lyle wasn’t playing, Matta said.

Today would have been Lyle’s first time with the team since Wednesday night’s home win against Rutgers. Prior to the tweet, Matta said he didn’t know if Lyle would be available to play given his layoff.

“I’m looking forward to talking to him, just to see what he’s been doing and that sort of thing,” Matta said. “I’ve got to be honest: my first and foremost of this is that he was there for his sister, he was there when she came out of the coma, which is a great thing.”

Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who had been with his family after his younger brother, Kai, suffered an apparent heart attack Thursday, is back with the team, Matta said. Bates-Diop is out for the year after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin and did not make the trip to Maryland.