COLUMBUS, Ohio — Six days removed from its season-opening win over Albany, the Ohio State basketball team will head to Connecticut on Saturday to take part in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. Thad Matta and members for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes met with the media on Wednesday to preview the upcoming event, and talk about current happenings around the hoops program.
Two days, two games
After missing out on its original season opener last Friday due to condensation issues aboard the USS Yorktown in the Carrier Classic, OSU has guaranteed itself the chance to play in two games in as many days in this weekend’s mini-tournament, the first of which will come against Rhode Island.
Having played against the Rams during his time as a player at Boston College, current Ohio State center Evan Ravenel has a good idea of what the Buckeyes can expect on Saturday.
“Typically they’re long, athletic. They play hard,” Ravenel said. “They don’t really have a tradition center. So I think we’re gonna have a team that kind of matches up with our athleticism a little bit.”
Depending on the outcome of their meeting the Rams, the Buckeyes will then face either the winner or loser of Saturday’s game between Washington and Seton Hall on Sunday. OSU guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. is unsure of what to expect from either the Huskies or Pirates, but is confident that his coaches will have him prepared by Sunday.
“I know our staff is gonna have us ready and prepared,” Smith said. “I’m really not worried about it.”
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