Kaleb Wesson Will Return From Suspension For The Big Ten Tournament Game Against Indiana

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Bucks2K18's picture

Let's go! Hopefully now we can get our act together and make some noise in the tournament

That's a Buckeye touchdown!

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IGotAWoody's picture

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Beat IU. Then see what you can do vs MSU

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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mr.green's picture

Ok. Let’s do this! This is a play-in game. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Make it count, Kaleb Wesson...team needs you.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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teddyballgame's picture

Winning is back on the menu boys

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I read that in the voice of the Orcs from LOTR ;)

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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stantmann's picture

Hopefully he comes back fired up, and the Buckeyes that played while he was out, learned a little about themselves and come out stronger for it.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Sanantonefan's picture

If we can get the inside-outside game going again with Wesson either pounding the ball to the basket down low, or drawing the defense and Ahrens and Washington getting good looks at threes, it will be beautiful! I think the offense that pounded Iowa could make some noise.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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BuckeyeSki's picture

The edible had to wear off eventually 

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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SpielzWheelz's picture

No looking back, Rip that rear view mirror off and lets ROLL!!! 

SpielzWheelz

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Meatman53's picture

Well he should be well rested and eager to win over some disgruntled fans so I'm sure the effort will be there . With the experience the bench has received the past month and the emergence of Washington and Ahhrens as legitimate threats and Jallow playing some inspired defense the tourney could be interesting.  I think they beat Indiana and then playing MSU on a neutral site could be a winnable game.  LET'S GO BUCKS !!   

MEATMAN 53

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

Last game he played, we looked damn good. Need to pick up where we left off from that game.

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BrutusB's picture

Awww yea, welcome back big fella.  Let's beat IU and just see what happens.

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Blackcoffee's picture

Like to welcome OSU Football fans who are joining the basketball conversations now. Go Bucks!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Come on now BC ............

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BeepBeep's picture

I don't get this attitude. Can folks who love football not also like basketball? Did/Do you have a favorite sport and then a second favorite sport? Or did I completely miss the /sarcasm font?

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

I'm certain the pressure from Land Grant Holy Land was weighing on Coach Holtmann and he finally caved......

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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Blackcoffee's picture

The forum post I created was a good one. It got people talking about something other than football. It is "offseason"(see, this is what should be in italics). Everyone has put in their two cents worth about this season. Theres been a couple instances where, in a hurry to post the result of a game, beat writers on this site have muffed it. Not all perspectives put out on this site are 100% bonafide, and the same can be said about every other site out there. I don't think every article on landgrant is tripe. On the contrary, whether you agree or not, some are quite good and offer a different take than here, or cleveland.com, or ESPN, or The Athletic, what have you.

What you perceive/ridicule as some sort of worthless/uninformed post by me(as evidenced by your cheap sarcasm) is really just part of the ongoing conversation with the 50 or so fans who show up with positive feedback on this site on the times this team has won, as opposed to the 100-150 showing up to denigrate when they lose. But hey, for a moment you tired of the relentless updates of football in the "offseason" , saw a forum post with the header "wtf?!?" and you clicked. It was entertaining? Yes! Of course! Its all about the clout baby.
Your welcome. Go Bucks!

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

By the way......the most bad ass basketball jersey in Buckeye history

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thankfully just in the nick of time.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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osusteveb5875's picture

Big game and a de facto road game in Indy.  Basketbucks need to play desperate, but unfortunately, they’re also playing a desperate team in Indiana. If Wesson can stay out of foul trouble, I like our chances though. 

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FieldsofJreams's picture

The tournament is in Chicago this year.

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osusteveb5875's picture

Wow, my fault. Thanks for the info.

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

It's a good thing that Ledee stepped in and proved he is the rightful starter and best player on the team....

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Brooksie's picture

People are going to take this comment as they will - but I'd like to get this off my chest. I am angered by this whole situation. So here goes......

I always felt that the team would struggle this season. It is very typical of a coaching transition. The first year of the new coach' regime you are still playing with the core of the former coach's players. Year two brings an exit of some of those players, and you begin to implement some of your players. But, it really becomes a gap year  in player talent. By year three, you have a solid group of your players.

Kaleb was clearly one of the best offensive talents on this teams. He has struggled with foul difficulty, but that was part of the coming of age process that young players go through. But, again, he was our most dangerous offensive weapon. And anyone who doesn't think that he clearly knew that too isn't living in the real world.

The exact reason for Kaleb's suspension has not been revealed. It had to be a significant rules violation for him to get a three game suspension and not just one. What angers me the most about this situation is that Kaleb, knowing how important he was to this team, chose to do something he knew was clearly against the rules - and yet he did it anyway. He put himself above the team.

If Holtmann really wanted to enforce his point, he should reinstate Kaleb - and then tell him to grab a seat at the end of the bench - and I will call you when I am ready. If even then. If Kaleb talks about "being there for and playing with my brothers" - his actions say that is nothing more than poor lip service.

Someone needs to add "Growing Up 101" to their class schedule.

Bucks Fan since 1970

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WC Buckeye's picture

Couldn't have expressed my own thoughts on this any better that you did yours.  Kids do dumb things, and this was hopefully a great teaching moment that had to happen for Wesson to grow personally and to mature.  I applaud coach Holtmann for sticking to his guns and making what was obviously a tough call, given Wesson's importance to the team.  I think it says a lot about the man, what he values, and the foundation he wants to create for this team. 

+1

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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gr8bucks's picture

You and others are giving h. too much credit. H. didn't suspend w., the athletic dept. did, most likely for a failed piss test. H. said he has spoken to w. numerous times, likely about what happens if he fails another test-he gone, and the responsibility he owes himself and the rest of the team. I say he gone, because it's minimally a one year suspension, plus h. has to take his schollie, and it's unheard of for a guy to a. get a schollie back, b. come back to school, after a 1 year susp. c. come back and earn a schollie again, at the same school. It'd be easier for a guy to go somewhere where it's legal, and get paid to play, likely overseas, he's not a nba player at this stage of his career. It's unlikely he'd transfer to another school, even if they don't test for weed, because getting paid to play is the end goal, so why be in school? 

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Brooksie's picture

Why do you instantly jump to a failed piss test? Until the real reason is revealed - we are all shooting in the dark. Maybe the athletic department heard from his professors that he hadn't shown up for class since the beginning of the season? Who really knows?

Bucks Fan since 1970

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WC Buckeye's picture

Whether it was Holtmann pulling the trigger or the AD is immaterial. The fact is that if what you are saying is true, Holtmann could/likely should have dismissed him from the team and didn't.  This is what coaches can do to teach a kid an important lesson, namely that when people believe in you and are willing to stick their necks out for you to have a second chance, the choice then rests with you.  I imagine that Keith probably weighed in with him on this, too.

Oh, and on the school thing?  Talk to Greg Oden about how he feels about that. Granted, his circumstances for leaving were different, but if Wesson's not ready for the NBA, why would he want to leave right now?  Getting paid to play is a goal, certainly, but why take a more difficult path than one has to?  He absolutely should stick around another year and get ready. 

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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sdbuckeye11W4's picture

How do we NOT start Washington and Ahrens? This teams need offense and they have it, albeit in spurts. Does a win over Indiana get us into the dance?. It kind of comes down to whether or not the committee takes into consideration that our embarrassing losses of late have been sans Big Wesson. How he managed to get himself suspended at the most critical time of the season is a post for another time. Now it's all about qualifying for the NCAA field. I could care less about the NIT although it would be good to get more experience for this young team.

And let me make a comment that nobody has really emphasized much regarding this season. I will agree that Potter wasn't a dynamic player and probably wouldn't have been one this year as well, but his absence really hurt. We badly needed another big and I truly believe his presence would have been worth two more wins. Still don't know why he left but the fact that he did right before the season started was disappointing.

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Buxki84's picture

The Selection Committee doesn't care about suspended players and how that might impact a team's season. All they care about is your overall record, conference record/standings and whether you beat any teams that were any good, home and away.

And the Potter defection, including the timing of his defection right before the games began, has been brought up numerous times by commenters on these forums. Potter timed his defection to have maximum impact on the team.

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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gr8bucks's picture

Potter's decision was to maximize his playing time elsewhere, not to impact this team. He had numerous discussions with h. and decided since he wasn't going to be maximized at osu, he'd find a place where he could give all that he has to offer and hope that it would benefit both himself and his new team. FYI, he has stated numerous times of his love for osu and how hard a decision it was to leave, but he had to look out for his best interests in the long run. There's nothing wrong with that, it's done 100's of times each year at the Div. 1 level. Good for him, he was a great buckeye, and he'll be a great badger. They're lucky to have him, as were the buckeyes. 

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gobucks5413's picture

I disagree with this take. You don't like your PT situation? Change it. You love the university? Work harder. Situations change all the time. KW was in foul trouble all year. Got suspended for 3 games. Opportunity would've been there to prove himself. Kids need to learn to handle adversity.

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Nutinpa's picture

Hmm.   Tell that Justin Fields, Tate Martell, Alex Hornibrook, .....should I go on?   Kids have gotten smarter, coaches (maybe) more honest, and society less tolerant of "waiting to change the situation".   If Potter felt that his future was on the bench, he had every reason to leave if he felt that was what he needed to do.  His penance was to sit this year out, which he did....unlike a few football players I can think of.

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DP71's picture

We need to give Kaleb a Mulligan.  Undoubtedly he screwed up.  None of our business what he did or failed to do.  But, he earned the right to be reinstated and to return to his starting position because he did what was required; accompanied the team through all three games; and basically carried this team through the season until three games ago.  With him, we would have won two of the last three games and would certainly not have lost by such a lopsided margin to Purdue.  The silver lining is that we still have  a chance and during the past four games, we have learned who, besides Kaleb, can play and should be part of the core of this team.  Washington, Young, Ahrens, Jallow, CJ, Muhammad, Andre, Woods and even Ledee deserve to play major minutes every game from now on.  Washington was the one guard who drove to the hoop at the beginning of the Wisconsin game.  Ahrens and Jallow played very tough and very aggressively.  And Young, even on an injured leg, has simply been our MVP while Kaleb was out.  He neutralized Happ and got crucial rebounds.  We now can confidently rest Kaleb and protect him from foul trouble.  This team will not win the NCAA, but it could make it to the NCAA and maybe win a game or two.  And, next year, with the four guys who will be eligible and possibly a fifth guy, we should be in the hunt in the B1G.

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Sanitarian2's picture

Since we don't know what he did or how he potentially "earned" the right to be reinstated, how can you determine such? Did he go to class, stop smoking weed, apologize for some action?

Sani

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westcampus's picture

Did he use his break to become even more out of shape? Guess we'll find out.

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mockjocks's picture

Hopefully not too little, too late. Better make his presence known against a suddenly hot IU team with everything to play for.

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OH-IO's picture

Give us the truth. 

Why?

OH-IO living BACK IN COLUMBUS after 32 years in the ATL. 

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Waterbeagle's picture

We will see how hungry he is or if he is just going to lard butt it around out there

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Yeah, unless he committed some horrendous crime against humanity, I think the time is right to #FreeKWesson

Class of 2010.

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Buxki84's picture

Even with Kaleb back, this game against IU is still, at best, about a 50/50 game.

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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gr8bucks's picture

They're a very talented team offensively, and both teams are trending in opposite directions. I have no idea how iu underachieved this year, but they have a chance to right their ship, if they beat osu, they get msu again. It's a playin game, for the ncaa, that's a lot of marbles to play for. These teams will play each other for high stakes over the next few years. One in, one out, who's it going to be?

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Brooksie's picture

As long as CJ is on the floor against the Hoosiers - we have a chance

Bucks Fan since 1970

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