OSU opens against Akron in a game set for 9:30 a.m. CT, with ESPNU handling the broadcast. The Cowboys will play either Tennessee or UNC-Asheville Friday.
OLUKEMI RETURNS TO STARTING LINEUP
Cowboys senior Jéan-Paul Olukemi is still dealing with some swelling in his surgically repaired knee, enough to limit his practice availability.
Still, Olukemi started and played 22 minutes Friday night, contributing 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Joining Olukemi among the starting five: Smart, Le'Bryan Nash, Kamari Murphy and Markel Brown.
INJURY SCARE FOR BROWN
Midway through the second half, Brown crashed to the ground, then rolled around on the court, grasping his left shoulder.
With Williams and Cobbins already missing, it was a scary sight. Brown left the floor, but eventually returned and coach Travis Ford said he was OK.
“When I saw him grab his shoulder I thought, ‘That's the last thing we need,'” Forte said. “That was the first thing that entered my mind, ‘C'mon, can't we get a break?'”