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Uncut Podcast: Zed Key, Devin Royal, and Jake Diebler discuss Ohio State’s blowout win over New Orleans

New Orleans’ 36 points were the fewest for an Ohio State opponent since 2013.

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Following Ohio State’s 78-36 win over the New Orleans Privateers on Thursday night, Zed Key, Devin Royal, and acting head coach Jake Diebler spoke with a small group of media members about the game and the circumstances surrounding tonight’s sudden coaching substitution.

Royal and Key spoke first, and the biggest topic was how the game was different for the two guys with Diebler calling the shots instead of Holtmann. Key said that “it wasn’t different at all” because Diebler is the offensive coordinator, and he called plays tonight as well. Royal said he is feeling more comfortable with the college game as he goes on, but that he knew New Orleans was not a good defensive rebounding team, so he would have opportunities on the glass.

Diebler talked about how working for Holtmann has helped prepare him for moments like this, and how their preparation as a staff made things easier for him. He said substitutions were challenging, and that “there’s a lot more that goes into it than you’d think.”


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