On Friday, Ohio State Buckeyes head basketball coach Chris Holtmann announced that his team’s leading scorer, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, has been suspended for “a violation of Ohio State Athletics Department policy.”
The basketball Bucks will be without the younger of the team’s Wesson brothers when they take on the No. 14 Purdue Boilermakers tomorrow in West Lafayette, Ind. However, while Holtmann’s statement did not indicate an official timeline for Wesson’s return, he did say that the suspension will not end the sophomore’s season.
Despite a proclivity to get into foul trouble, Wesson is leading OSU in both points (14.6 per game) and rebounds (6.7 per game), and has been dominant at times on the block. As the Buckeyes look to improve their stock in advance of Selection Sunday, taking on Purdue without one of the best big men in the conference certainly won’t help.
Earlier this week, OSU turned to freshman Justin Ahrens for an offensive spark, as he turned in a shocking career-high 29 points in the upset victory over No. 22 Iowa.
If Holtmann’s squad would like to pull off a second-straight win over a ranked opponent, they will need to find someone to fill in for Wesson’s lost production.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers will tipoff at 2 p.m. ET in a game broadcast on ESPN.