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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State is set to open its 124th season of basketball this Monday when it hosts Robert Morris of the Horizon League. Tip is slated for a 7 p.m. tip at Value City Arena inside the Schottenstein Center and it will be streamed exclusively on BTN+.
- This will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs. The Buckeyes are officially 4-0 all-time against the Colonials.
- The most recent meeting came in the 2017-18 season-opener when the Buckeyes rolled to a 95-64 victory at Value City Arena. In addition to getting 19 points and 11 rebounds from eventual Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, it was also the first game, and victory, as Buckeye head coach for Chris Holtmann.
- Ohio State is 101-21 all-time in season openers and 104-17 in home openers. Under Holtmann, the Buckeyes are 5-0 in season-openers and they have not lost an opener in 18 seasons.
- The Buckeyes are coming off a 20-12 season that saw them finish tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 12-8 mark.
- Ohio State returns just three players who have played in an Ohio State jersey prior to this season and welcomes in 10 new faces. Of those newcomers, four are transfers and six are true-freshmen.
- The Buckeyes will be led this year by three team captains in junior Zed Key, graduate transfer Isaac Likekele and senior Justice Sueing. This is Sueing’s second season as captain, becoming the 14th Buckeye to be captain in multiple seasons.
- Among the new faces likely to play key roles are transfers Isaac Likekele, Sean McNeil an Tanner Holden. Likekele was a four-year standout at Oklahoma State where he scored more than 1,000 points, grabbed more than 600 rebounds and dished-out more than 400 assists. McNeil made 155 three-pointers at West Virginia over three seasons and Holden started the last 91 games for Wright State over three years, scoring over 16 points per game.
- The freshman class of Bruce Thornton, Brice Sensabaugh, Roddy Gayle Jr., Felix Okpara and Bowen Hardman was a Top 10 ranked class and will certainly have a big role in this year’s story.
- Head coach Chris Holtmann is in his sixth season with the program. He has a record of 107-56 record at Ohio State and an overall coaching record of 221-141. His teams have won 20 or more games in each of the last nine seasons.
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