Ohio State junior center Dallas Lauderdale will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the team announced in a press release.
Lauderdale suffered the injury Monday during a workout. He will have surgery today at the OSU Medical Center.
The 6-foot-8-inch big man from Solon, Ohio, averaged 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds and was second in the Big Ten with 2.0 blocks per game. He was expected to be the team’s starting center.
The Buckeyes have their first official practice Friday at 6 p.m. and play an exhibition game Nov. 4 against Walsh University before the regular season begins with a contest against Alcorn State on Nov. 9 at Value City Arena.