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Sensabaugh delivers a huge spark for Buckeyes

The Ohio State basketball team leaves the Hawaiian Islands after going 2-1 in three games at the Maui Invitational. We learned a lot about this Buckeye basketball team since they made their first tryout in Maui this season. There are a handful of takeaways from Ohio State’s recent games, but one consistent bright spot has been Chris Holtmann’s bench production earlier in the season.

In six games this young Ohio State basketball season, we’ve seen a massive increase in production from the bench compared to a season ago. This Buckeye basketball team is a lot deeper than last year and the depth has helped them tremendously in their three games in Maui. The biggest spark to come off the bench is the play of newcomer Brice Sensabaugh.

Sensabaugh has been a major contributor to the standings as he has led the team with 15.8 points per game so far this season. The newcomer has already seen his role increase in how well he can score. The win over Texas Tech marked the first game this season in which he was neither top scorer nor second-best scorer.

Sensabaugh creates a tough matchup for teams when coming off the bench. What makes him so difficult to guard is that he can do just about anything on the basketball court. Sensabaugh has the offensive skills to score at all three levels, and he helps spread the field with the ability to take and make three-pointers consistently.

While in Maui, Sensabaugh shone off the bench for the Ohio State basketball team. He averaged 14.7 points per game while shooting a very efficient 56% from the field. The freshman picked up 17 points against San Diego State and Cincinnati, plus 10 points in the win over Texas Tech. Holtmann called Sensabaugh’s number a couple of times in those tight games to make a play and he didn’t shy away from the opportunity.

It was a big question mark early in the season as to whether or not some of these newcomers would step in right away and make a difference. Sensabaugh has had the most impact among the newbies so far due to the energy he brings off the bench.

It’s a huge bonus for this Ohio State basketball team to have a serious goalscorer like Sensabaugh come off the bench. If Sensabaugh can continue to bring a spark to this team, it will help the Buckeyes in a big way once they get into the Big Ten game.

Sensabaugh and the Ohio State basketball team’s tough schedule continues as they return to the mainland. You’ll see them back in action on November 30 when the Buckeyes travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face the Duke Blue Devils in a repeat of last season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.