Lighty Shelved for 6-12 Weeks

By Chris Lauderback on December 18, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Bucknuts reported earlier today that junior David Lighty will miss 6-12 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, one day after tying his career high with 21 points and seven rebounds against Jacksonville.

The loss is obviously significant as the Buckeyes lose their captain and lone junior leader after beginning the season with seven straight wins.

Lighty underwent successful surgery Wednesday.

The loss of OSU's best defender and solid rebounder could force Matta to play Lauderdale and Mullens more often at the same time while also affording guys like Wil Buford more minutes.

It's also likely Turner could find himself on the back line of the matchup zone on occasion to take advantage of his rebounding prowess and Kyle Madsen (gasp) could also see increased minutes until Lighty returns.

Regardless, what a bad 'break' for Lighty and the Buckeyes.