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Ohio State basketball returns to action with more leadership and higher expectations

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With the 2016-2017 Ohio State basketball team set to officially take the floor for the first time on Sunday, Land-Grant Holy Land’s official podcast, The Hangout in the Holyland, takes a deep dive into what will hopefully be a bounce-back season after losing to Florida in the second round of the NIT tournament last year.

Hosts Matt Tamanini and Matt Brown are joined by WNBS FM 97.1 The Fan’s Lori Schmidt to give an up-close look at the program following the departure of 80% of the team’s 2015 recruiting class and Thad Matta’s top assistant.

Matt Brown also recaps the highlights of Big Ten Basketball Media Day, which was held in Washington D.C. for the first time this year, and the Matts make a few (not so) bold predictions about the season for Ohio State and the Big Ten as a whole.

They also discuss...

  • Ohio State’s surprising rankings in KenPom’s advanced metrics.
  • if Marc Loving isn’t going to be the team’s leader, who is?
  • Chris Jent’s impact on the team.
  • if JaQuan Lyle is the best player on the team.
  • the potential impact of the four-man recruiting class.

Matt, Lori, and Matt also discuss bed wetting, “Matt sandwiches,” and dumb money.

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