The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball program isn’t as good as their football counterparts, but they’ve held their own over the years.

The 2020-2021 campaign opened up with an operation rolling thunder-like onslaught for the top 25 ranked Buckeyes, as they poured in 22 points before their opponent, the Illinois State Redbirds, managed a single bucket. 

The score was made 20-0 by freshman forward Zed Key, a 6-foot-8-inch behemoth out of Bay Shore, New York, who collected his first college points on a dunk with a foul that fired up his teammates and would have brought the home fans to their feet—had there been any in the building. The Covid-19 virus has forced arenas to remain empty, at least to open the season.

Ohio State went to the half with a commanding 42-25 lead over the out-classed Redbirds, who didn’t have an answer for the Buckeyes scoring machine in the first half. CBS Sports has picked Ohio State to finish fifth in a deep and ferociously competitive Big Ten.