Cody Cousino / Photo editor
Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger’s 21-point performance in a 85-63 Tuesday win against Duke may have come at a steep price.
An OSU Athletic Department release said Sullinger experienced back spasms during the No. 2 Buckeyes’ (7-0) victory against the No. 3 Blue Devils and has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Texas-Pan American.
Sullinger will be evaluated further next week and will sit out for at least one game, but the team will soon add freshman LaQuinton Ross, who was ruled academically ineligible Sept. 26.
Ross has since met NCAA academic requirement and OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed that Ross will rejoin the team.
At a Friday press conference, OSU coach Thad Matta said that Ross, who will be eligible to suit up for the Buckeyes at the conclusion of the university’s fall academic quarter Dec. 9, likely will not play in the team’s Dec. 10 game at Kansas.
Ross was the No. 43 overall recruit in the class of 2011, according to Rivals.com, and was the highest-ranked of the five players who committed to play for Matta this season.
Saturday’s game against Texas-Pan American tips off at noon the Schottenstein Center.