Ohio State Maui Invitational
Date: November 21-23, 2022
Time: 9 p.m. ET | 5 pm or 10:30 pm ET | TBA
Venue: Lāhainā Civic Center – Lāhainā, Hawaii
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The much-anticipated trip to Hawaii is finally here as Ohio State has made the trek to compete in the prestigious Maui Invitational this week. The Buckeyes will play San Diego State on Monday followed by either Arizona or Cincinnati on Tuesday. The final game will be on Wednesday. All three games will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN.
- The Buckeyes will open the tournament against San Diego State on Monday. The last meeting between the two teams also came in the opening round of the 2003 Maui Invitational. SDSU won that game 83-61. All-time, San Diego State leads the series 2-1.
- This is the fourth appearance in the Maui Invitational for Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished fifth in 2003, third in 1993 and fifth in 1988. Ohio State has gone 2-1 in each of its previous three appearances.
- This week will be the first trip to Hawaii for all but two of Ohio State’s 14 players. Justice Sueing, a Hawaii native, and Zed Key are the only two players who have visited the islands in the past. Key’s high school team, Long Island Lutheran, played in a holiday tournament in Hawaii during his senior season.
- Ohio State has opened the year with three consecutive victories at home over Robert Morris, Charleston Southern and Eastern Illinois. The defense has held each opponent to fewer than 60 points and the Buckeyes have not lost under head coach Chris Holtmann when opponents fail to reach 60 points.
- Opponents are shooting just 30.2 percent against the Buckeyes which is the best defensive shooting percentage in the Big Ten and is in the Top 10 nationally.
- Zed Key has had a double-double in each of the first three games and is now just the third Buckeye in the last 40 years to open a season with three consecutive double-doubles. He joins Keita Bates-Diop (2017) and Evan Turner (2009).
- Freshman Brice Sensabaugh has been in double-figures in each of his first three collegiate games. He scored 17 vs. Robert Morris, 14 vs. Charleston Southern and a game-high 20 vs. Eastern Illinois. He is just the fourth Buckeye since 2000 to score 10 or more in his first three career games, joining Greg Oden in 2006, Kosta Koufos in 2007 and Jared Sullinger in 2010. Not bad company.
- The FIFA World Cup starts this week and, this may or may not be a note, but Ohio State has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six World Cup years.
COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS & THE MAUI INVITATIONAL