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Has Ohio State basketball’s sloppy start tamped down optimism for this season?

An improved JaQuan Lyle’s a big deal plus point guard C.J. Jackson could be a wildcard for OSU.

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With the first four games of the 2016-2017 season in the rear-view mirror, Land-Grant Holy Land’s official podcast, “The Hangout in the Holyland,” takes a look at what can be learned from the Ohio State basketball team’s early non-conference slate.

Hosts Matt Tamanini and Luke Zimmerman discuss the early, sloppy performances from the Buckeyes against less than impressive competition, and whether or not it is time to tamp down the pre-season optimism. They also discuss the surprising playing time, and lack there of, for the four newest Buckeyes, and quickly check in on the biggest names left on the non-conference schedule, Virginia, UConn, and UCLA.

They also discuss...

  • the Buckeyes’ lack of a go-to scorer.
  • Derek Funderburk’s potential red-shirt season.
  • Ohio State’s lack of pure shooters.
  • the early results from the Big Ten favorites.