COLUMBUS: Lenzelle Smith Jr. has a lot on his mind, which is obvious when he speaks. The Ohio State guard is what you might call a volume talker, not because of his decibel level but because of his word count. Ask him a question and be prepared to listen for a while.
Smith had not been heard from, figuratively or literally, in the few weeks before the Buckeyes’ game against Illinois.
The team’s second-leading scorer shot better than 50 percent from the field and nearly 40 from 3-point range during Ohio State’s 15-0 start. But then his face joined his teammates’ on the side of a milk carton. Barely anything was heard from him — except clanks — as the Buckeyes lost four games in a row for the first time in six years.