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Buckeyes To Start Season Minus Big Man
Standing at practice earlier this week, a sudden realization hit Ohio State head coach Thad Matta. Although the Buckeyes return all five starters from last year's team, they will be without one when the 2009-10 team has its public unveiling tonight against Walsh (8 p.m.). Starting center Dallas Lauderdale suffered a broken finger shortly before camp began, and although he is expected to be ready around the time the regular season begins he will be inactive tonight. That thought gave Matta pause for a second. Then he went back to getting senior Kyle Madsen and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos ready to fill Lauderdale's shoes. Lauderdale stands 6-8, 260 pounds. Those are some big shoes to fill, but Matta said he is pleased with how the two reserves have been filling the void for Lauderdale. "The one thing is they're getting a ton of reps," the coach said. "(Both) guys should be in ultimate shape. They're getting plenty of reps and have done a pretty good...
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