CHICAGO – Ohio State's men's basketball team could potentially get a big lineup boost when it plays Illinois at the United Center on Wednesday night.

The Dispatch has confirmed a report by CBS Sports that freshman guard Luther Muhammad, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder one week ago, will be a game-time decision for the No. 19 Buckeyes.

Through the first seven games, Muhammad was second on the team in average minutes played (27.9) while averaging 8.9 points per game and serving as a key member of the team’s defense. He fell awkwardly with 1:02 to play in a loss to the Orange at Value City Arena one week ago and had to have the shoulder popped back into place on the court.

He then walked back to the locker room under his own power and underwent further testing the following day. He sat out Sunday’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota, a 20-point win for the Buckeyes, but was active on the sidelines and did not have his arm in a sling. Graduate transfer guard Keyshawn Woods replaced him in the starting lineup, and the Buckeyes had to compensate by primarily playing traditional lineups after mostly using three-guard lineups while Muhammad had been available.

On his radio show Monday, coach Chris Holtmann described Muhammad as “day-to-day, week-to-week.”

His return would give Ohio State another option against an Illinois defense that presses along the wings and likes to jump passing lanes.


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