Through 22 games Ohio State sophomore forward Marc Loving has made 19 starts and he’s the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 11.7 points per game and shooting 49.1% from the field and 53.2% from three. However the 20th-ranked Buckeyes won’t have Loving when they play at Purdue Wednesday night, as it was announced that he did not make the trip to West Lafayette.
According to the school, Loving has “temporarily lost his privilege to wear the Scarlet and Gray.”
No further details were given as to how long Loving will be away from the team.
Loving scored 19 points in Ohio State’s last game, an 80-56 home win over Maryland last Thursday. Loving’s ability to hit perimeter shots helps the Buckeyes from a spacing standpoint, and this is a key personnel loss given how good Purdue has been defensively in Big Ten play.
The Boilermakers currently lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (38.7%) and they’re fifth in the conference in three-point percentage defense (33.6%). Freshman D’Angelo Russell (45.4%) is now Ohio State’s best available three-point shooter, with sophomore Kam Williams and freshman Keita Bates-Diop both shooting 38.5% on the season.