Ohio State Basketball vs. San Diego State Preview: TV Info, Key Players, Starters, Prediction

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State basketball will have its first real test of the season when it heads to Hawaii to play the Maui Invitational.

The Buckeyes will face San Diego State in the first few games against teams ranked in the Associated Press’s top 25 poll last season. OSU is 1-2 all time against the Aztecs. It lost 81-75 in 1996 and 83-61 in 2003 while winning 72-56 in 1995.

The winner meets the winner of the Arizona-Cincinnati game.

What: Ohio State (3-0) vs. San Diego State (3-0).

Where: Lahaina Civic Center; ; Lahaina, Hawaii.

When: Tonight, 9 p.m

TV: ESPN

Planned starters

State of Ohio: Bruce Thornton (5.3 ppg), Isaac Likekele (5.7 ppg), Sean McNeal (6.3 ppg), Justice Sueing (12.3 ppg), and Zed Key (13.3 ppg).

State of San Diego: Matt Bradley (7 ppg), Lamont Butler (9 ppg), Darrion Trammell (15.0 ppg), Nathan Mensch (8.7 ppg), and Kesha Johnson (6.3 ppg).

What to look out for

Jaedon LeDee was once the second-highest recruit in Chris Holtmann’s first draft at Ohio State in 2018. However, he only survived his freshman season, averaging three points per game off the bench before entering the transfer portal. He ended up at TCU and played in 53 games — one start — over two seasons before missing the entire 2021-22 season while wearing redshirt. He then hit the portal again and ended up with the Aztecs, where he averaged 16 points from the bench in three games.

This will be a chance for him to face his former team, although none of the players he shared the Columbus spot with are still in the program, which includes his recruiting classmates Duane Washington Jr., Justin Arenas and Luther Muhammad belong.

Washington Jr. is in his second year in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Arenas used a graduate transfer to play at Loyola Marymount, while Muhammad made the switch to Arizona State after two seasons.

forecast

Stephan’s choice: There will be a lot of growing pains for this young but talented basketball team. They’ve already started showing, they just weren’t playing anyone who was in any way destined to actually make them pay for it. That changes Monday night against San Diego State as Ohio State gets its first real taste of high-level college basketball. 77-64 State of San Diego.

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