Ohio State has battled injuries all season, but there’s a chance they can get Kyle Young and Zed Key back for Friday’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Loyola-Chicago.

Speaking with the media on Thursday, Chris Holtmann offered his latest update on their status.

“We’re excited for it,” Holtmann said. “I know our guys are. We’re getting healthier. We’ll know more on Kyle and Zed here tomorrow, but they are getting healthier. The final decision will be made tomorrow.”

Holtmann shared that Young and Key have increased their workload some, but they haven’t done full practices. They’ve done a little more, and that’s been encouraging.

Health has been such an issue that E.J. Liddell went as far as predicting a dramatic change.

“I feel like people forgot about how we play when we’re fully healthy and we’re all locked into everything. Come tomorrow y’all will see a different team,” he said.

Added Holtmann, “Yeah, we played well. We played really well when we’re healthy. Now, when we’re fully healthy we didn’t always play well, but most times we played really well and had some great wins. Played really well in stretches. We’re talking about fully healthy given the fact that we also had a couple season-ending injuries. But when we had our group that was available, yeah, I think we had some really good stretches of play. I think our guys remember that.”

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