ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Ohio State will play without third-leading scorer Zach Williams in its opening-round National Invitation Tournament game against Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.
Williams, a junior forward who scored 9.3 points per game for the Buckeyes during the season, was suspended for the NIT for conduct detrimental to the team during Ohio State's Big Ten Conference tournament game against Illinois on Sunday.
Williams was shown on video replays striking an Illinois player and received a reprimand from the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes (17-14) won three straight games to reach the Big Ten final against the Illini, but fell, 79-52, and failed to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (14-14) have lost six of their last eight games, including their opening Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game against North Carolina State on Friday.
Ohio State has won 11 of 12 all-time games against Georgia Tech, including their last meeting in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.