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Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop a game-time decision against Virginia

March 10, 2016: Ohio State Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during the men's Big Ten Tournament basketball game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.  (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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Ohio State Buckeyes talent Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) is a game-time decision for the team’s Wednesday against the Virginia Cavaliers, Thad Matta told FanRag Sports.

The junior suffered the injury to his ankle in the second half during Ohio State’s win against Providence back on Nov. 17. It happened when he was fouled and fell awkwardly, landing hard on his right leg, which was pinned beneath him. He had to be helped off the court, but limped to the locker room under his own power.

It was classified as being a high-ankle sprain.

So far this season, Bates-Diop is averaging 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds despite only playing 24 minutes against the Friars. In total, he has appeared in three games during this specific campaign.

Last season, the forward averaged 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while playing in 33 of 35 games for the Buckeyes. It is worth noting that in all the games the forward appeared in, he started.

Ohio State’s game against Virginia is scheduled to tip at 9:15 PM Eastern on Wednesday. ESPN2 will broadcast the event.

The Buckeyes enter it 6-0 on the season, and are coming off a game in which the team destroyed Marshall. The Cavaliers are also entering the match-up 6-0, having beaten Providence over the weekend.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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