Following Thursday night’s 76-75 loss to No. 20 Purdue, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta announced in the post-game press conference that junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will miss the remainder of the season, as he requires season-ending surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg.
“Keita is done for the season. He’s going to have surgery next week and that’s definitely a punch in the gut to us,” Matta told reporters, according to the Ohio State blog, 11 Warriors. “It is what it is. We’ve got to keep moving forward.
“I feel awful for Keita and I’m thankful for what he gave us just in terms of playing with a lot of pain. As I told him, I don’t need that in my career now. I’m not going to play a guy who is injured. He’s done.”
The 6-foot-7 Bates-Diop, who missed five games earlier in the year due to an ankle injury, was averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
The good news is that since he only appeared in nine games, he’s eligible for a medical redshirt. He would appear in no more than 30 percent of Ohio State’s games this season, a requirement in order receive a medical redshirt.
Ohio State, currently 0-2 in the Big Ten, resumes league play on Sunday at Minnesota.