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Ohio State basketball opened its season with a 95-64 win against Robert Morris on Friday.
The game will be the first of the Chris Holtmann era, as the Buckeyes head coach was hired in June to replace longtime coach Thad Matta.
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Ohio State shot 40-for-67 from the field for 59.7 percent. Four players reached double figures in points, led by Keita Bates-Diop’s 19 points.
Ohio State and Robert Morris play at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 10.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, Nov. 10
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV channel: None
Ohio State and Robert Morris will not be playing on TV. However, fans can watch the game online. BTN Plus (Big Ten Network Plus) will have the live stream. The BTN Plus content is available on BTN2Go with a subscription to BTN Plus.
The Buckeyes will begin the Chris Holtmann era by taking on Robert Morris on Friday night. Holtmann was hired in June after Ohio State unexpectedly fired Thad Matta following a string underachieving seasons combined with player departures and recruiting misses.
Ohio State will be looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Over the last four years, the Buckeyes have just one NCAA Tournament win. Holtmann was hired to help change that, and he added a few players to give the Buckeyes some immediate help. Ohio native and 4-star recruit Kyle Young came with Holtmann from Butler, and Musa Jallow reclassified to the Class of 2017 and enrolled in college a year early. Additionally, the Buckeyes brought in Andrew Dakich, a walk-on graduate transfer from Michigan.
Here are three things to watch as the Buckeyes take on the Colonials in the season opener.
1. Keita Bates-Diop is back
A lot went wrong for the Buckeyes last season, perhaps none more than Keita Bates-Diop’s season-ending injury. The versatile forward opened last season by scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds against Navy, but a stress fracture in his left leg he sustained in the summer proved too much to play through and he was shut down for the season.
His return — and good health — gives the Buckeyes a big playmaker on both ends of the court. What will he look like after missing nearly a full year? Ohio State fans are about to find out.
2. Deep shooting
Ohio State had a miserable performance behind the arc in its exhibition win, making just 3 of 24 attempts from the 3-point line. Sophomore center Micah Potter said Wednesday that the Buckeyes had been great in practice during the preseason and attributed the poor showing more to preseason jitters than inaccuracy.
3. Style of play
With Holtmann making his coaching debut, all eyes will be on what the Buckeyes look like. The best thing Ohio State can do is play hard and be entertaining. Anything would be an improvement over the listless play of recent years, but fans are likely to be understanding of the depleted roster and more forgiving of losses if the Buckeyes are at least playing an entertaining style.
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