Ohio State Men’s Basketball News: Preseason Update

Buckeyes are prepping for the start of official practice at the end of this month

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Preparations for the 2021-22 men’s basketball season are well under way for fifth-year head coach Chris Holtmann and his Ohio State squad. The Buckeyes are looking for their fifth consecutive 20-win season.

Official Start of Practice

The Buckeyes will continue their out-of-season schedule for the next three weeks which will feature up to eight hours of team related activity per week. That includes lifting, individual skill work and team workouts.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed 30 official practices in a 42-day span leading up to its first game. The Buckeyes will hold their first official practice in the final week of September.

Players Status Update

Meechie Johnson has a lower leg injury and is expected to return for preseason practice.

Seth Towns will undergo back surgery soon and is likely to return this season within three to four months.

Exhibition Game

Ohio State will host Indianapolis in an exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 1, at Value City Arena. The Greyhounds were 11-12 last season and reached the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. UIndy assistant coach Roosevelt Jones was an All-Big East performer for Holtmann while the two were at Butler.

The first game of the regular season is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 at home against Akron.