Kito back to normal?
“He just couldn’t jump. He couldn’t move on that ankle. (With) the time off after Christmas, I know he felt better," Kampe said.
Benson injured his ankle in the second half of the upset over Tennessee, returning from the trainer's room after missing four minutes of game action. Kampe said immediately after the Ohio State game last Thursday Benson had been playing hurt since the program's biggest victory, leading to some of his weakest stat lines of the season.
“I was not going to play him against Ohio State. He wanted to so bad that we played him just because he’s a senior and this is it for him," Kampe said. “We scheduled that game for him.”
Benson wasn't the only one who needed a rest, as the Grizzlies were playing their fourth game in six nights at Columbus, Ohio.
“We were just tired. We were slow and tired," Kampe said. "It was a four-point game with a minute to go in the first half. I took Benson and Hudson out because they had two fouls each. It went from four to nine in one minute. Then we tried to chase and catch up and we couldn’t. Once we got behind, we were done. Our minds wanted to do it, but our bodies wouldn’t let us."
The Buckeyes were the fifth ranked team Oakland has faced this season and very likely the last until a potential return trip to the NCAA tournament.