Chris Holtmann Previews Illinois Matchup, Says Zed Key's Knee Has “Responded Well” to Treatment After Injury Against Iowa

By Griffin Strom on January 23, 2023 at 2:11 pm

Ohio State finally has momentum on its side.

But at the tail end of their much-needed 93-77 win over Iowa on Saturday, a victory that snapped a five-game losing skid, the Buckeyes got another bad break. Zed Key limped off the floor under the weight of two trainers after suffering an apparent knee injury.

Fortunately for Key and Ohio State, Chris Holtmann said after the game that the injury didn't appear to be a long-term one. Two days later, the Buckeye coach said things continue to look promising. While he had "no real update" on 97.1 The Fan, Holtmann said "his knee has responded well to some of the treatment."

“Continues to be a day-to-day situation that we’re monitoring," Holtmann said in Monday's subsequent press conference. "… We’ll know more here in a little bit. We should know more by game time.”

Ohio State takes on Illinois at 8 p.m. in Champaign Tuesday, and it's still unclear whether or not Key will be healthy enough to play. Holtmann discussed the upcoming matchup, as well as Saturday's victory, in the interview above.

After Holtmann, Buckeye guards Tanner Holden and Roddy Gayle spoke with media members at the Schottenstein Center to discuss snapping their recent losing streak and how to keep the ball rolling as the season progresses. Holden said it's "always an intense matchup" between Ohio State and Illinois.

"I don't think we can be satisfied with just one win," Holden said. "We've got to keep building."

Check out everything Holden and Gayle said on Monday in the video below.

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