Ohio State has surprisingly played its way onto the bubble over the course of the new year after an ugly non-conference slate.
It just got a little bit tougher for them to take that last step over the hump, though.
Starting wing Jae’Sean Tate will miss the rest of the season due to an injury in his left shoulder. He is scheduled to have surgery on Friday, and will miss the next six months of action. Tate has started all 28 games for Ohio State this season, and was averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
The release from Ohio State noted that he’s been battling the injury for a while, but it’s not necessarily the best look that he may have re-aggravated the injury while slapping the floor on defense only to be blown past by Nebraska’s Tai Webster.
Tate came out of the game immediately to have the shoulder looked at after previously needing to leave the game in the first half as well due to the injury. He did return, but now Tate will miss the rest of the season.
It’s a pretty big loss for the Buckeyes, as Tate is not only a valuable scorer but he’s also a versatile defender that Ohio State can use against a variety of different opponents due to his strength. Without him, Mickey Mitchell will enter the starting lineup for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State takes on Michigan State and Iowa at home in its next two games, and then they get the Spartans on the road in their final regular season Big Ten game.