The Dayton Flyers may spend their one off day in California watching The Game. They have a rooting interest in Ohio State vs. Michigan at noon Saturday because freshman guard Trey Landers’ brother Robert plays on the defensive line for the Buckeyes and has been one of the surprising stars of the many new faces in the lineup.
“It’s a big accomplishment for him,” said Trey on Friday night after Dayton beat Portland 84-74 in their second game at the Wooden Legacy. “It was his dream to go to Ohio State. It’s a dream to see him on TV doing big things for Ohio State. It’s a big thing for me.”
The brothers, both Wayne High School graduates, talked on Facetime on Friday before Trey played. They talk or text each other all the time, even when they’re separated by thousands of miles as they are this week.
Robert wanted to make sure Trey’s head was in the right place so he would be ready whenever he got in the game. Trey asked Robert if he was ready for The Game.
“I’m always ready,” Robert told Trey.
The brothers are close. They lost their father, Robert Landers Sr., when they were kids. They each starred at Wayne High School and earned Division I scholarships in different sports. Both made their college debuts this fall.
Robert, a redshirt freshman, has played in all 11 games for the Buckeyes. He’s tied for fourth on the team with 7½ tackles for a loss. Trey got to see one game in person this fall at Ohio Stadium.
“It was crazy,” Trey said. “We talked about it all the time when he was younger. He said, ‘I want to go to Ohio State. That’s where I want to be.’ For me to see it live, it’s a big blessing for my whole family.”
Trey played three minutes Thursday in an 80-78 loss to Nebraska. He saw four minutes of action Friday. He continues to get advice from his older brother.
“He’s like my father,” Trey said. “My father passed away when I was younger. He’s always one phone call away. He always has great advice for me. I just take it in and listen to everything he tells me. He’s already been through it all. He’s a sophomore. Everything he’s been through, I’m going through it right now.”
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