Ohio State basketball has had far from the season it was hoping for in 2023.

The Buckeyes are the victims of a tough conference and the fact that somebody has to lose at the end of the day. They’re dropped 8 straight and 13 of their last 14 for a dismal 3-13 conference record.

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The going got even worse for the Buckeyes Wednesday afternoon when head coach Chris Holtmann revealed that starting center Zed Key will miss the remainder of the season after a scheduled shoulder surgery. Key injured his shoulder against Purdue on Jan 5 and has been dealing with lingering issues since.

The Buckeyes host Penn State Thursday looking to get their first conference win since Jan. 21 against Iowa.

Key, a junior and team captain for the Buckeyes this year, has 1 remaining season of eligibility.