Ohio State will be short-handed, and just plain shorter, when it plays Texas Southern on Thursday night.
Less than an hour before the scheduled tip-off time of 7 p.m., coach Chris Holtmann issued a statement suspending freshman center Kaleb Wesson.
“Ohio State freshman Kaleb Wesson has been suspended for the game vs. Texas Southern tonight for a failure to meet the expectations of the men’s basketball program," the statement read. "This is specifically regarding time management and will be a one-game suspension.”
In the first two games of the season, Wesson has averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.0 minutes while splitting time with sophomore starter Micah Potter. His absence leaves just Potter as the lone true center option on the roster and likely means junior Keita Bates-Diop will have to play extended minutes at the position as an undersized big man.
Two hours before the game, Wesson was on the main court with assistant coach Terry Johnson going through drills and working up a good sweat. But as the Buckeyes were shooting in their white game jerseys, Wesson eventually emerged in gray team apparel and took a seat on the bench courtside.