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Ohio State basketball reportedly wins “super secret” scrimmage against Louisville

Buckeyes Wire logo Buckeyes Wire 10/21/2019 Phil Harrison
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Gone are the days of playing scrimmages against so-called professional organizations that make their way through the college basketball universe in the preseason. It used to be you could watch Ohio State play the likes of Athletes in Action, or EA Sports All-Stars. We won't get into the reasons why (it had everything to do with amateurism), but the NCAA mandated that exhibition games only be played against other college teams.

Also as a part of that, it can be a public event if against a lower-division school, but if it's against a Division I opponent, it must be in a closed setting with no stats and no official coverage. So, beginning in 2004, some of these scrimmages are no longer paid events in which you can get a look at what's in the cupboard. Instead, you have to go Cloak and Dagger and hear reports, sometimes second and third hand.

Well, Ohio State had one of those highly classified scrimmages against Louisville Sunday night, and according to the CIA - er, the NSA -, I mean Jeff Goodman of Stadium, and later corroborated by the Columbus Dispatch and others, the Buckeyes won that meeting 80-69.

There aren't a lot of details available, but similar to how Ohio State surprised many by reportedly taking it to Xavier pretty good in a similar closed-session scrimmage in 2017, it may be a harboring of things to come for this squad - in a very good way.

There are a few other details that were made available as well. Consider the following:

This from Colin Hass-Hill of Eleven Warriors.

Details confirmed by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch:

You have to always take these sort of things with a slanted view because we don't know what all went into this meeting. And while we know that Louisville was without two of its starters, including its big man, Kaleb Wesson having a big day after reshaping his body has to bode well.

Of the most concern obviously is the news that incoming super-point guard D.J. Carton suffered an ankle sprain. Of course when any news is made available on how severe and what time table he is on to return, we'll be all over it.

For now though, if the reports are correct, it looks like the Buckeyes might be looking to make some noise this year. Again, it's just one so-called game, and a scrimmage at that, but encouraging nonetheless.

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