Jared Sullinger Injury Update: Buckeyes Big Man Expected To Play Tuesday

Jared Sullinger is expected to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday night.

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Jared Sullinger Injury: Ohio State Buckeyes Expect Big Man's Return

Jared Sullinger is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but the Ohio State Buckeyes big man is still currently trying to help his college team move closer to an NCAA championship. The sophomore has been intermittently injured for the past few games, but he seems to be moving closer to healthy.

Sullinger was forced out of the Buckeyes' last game with a foot injury after missing the team's previous two games with a back injury, but head coach Thad Matta expects his big man to play on Tuesday night against Lamar.

"I'm expecting him to play, just from what he's saying, how much better it felt yesterday than it did on Saturday and how much better it feels today than it did on Sunday," said Matta, who picked up his 200th Ohio State win in Saturday's game.

Sullinger likely won't be leaned on too heavily against Lamar, but it's a good sign that he's healthy enough to play at all with the multitude of injuries he's been dealing with as of late.

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Jared Sullinger Injury Update: Buckeyes Big Man Should Play Against Jayhawks

Jared Sullinger is one of the most important members of the Ohio State men's basketball program so it'll be imperative that he's healthy down the stretch for the Buckeyes. His back injury caused him to miss the team's last game, but it seems as though he could play in this weekend's game against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Sullinger is dealing with back spasms, but head coach Thad Matta indicated to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he should be able to play on Saturday if there aren't any setbacks.

"He just told me he feels great," coach Thad Matta said. "He said he feels a lot better. He said he woke up dancing this morning, but I don't know what that entails."

"He's doing more every day. Quite honestly, I don't know if we'll know until Saturday if he's going to play or not," Matta said. "It's amazing how much better he's moving, but we've got two more days to look at it."

If Sullinger is unable to play on Saturday, Thomas Robinson and the Jayhawks could have a field day inside against the Buckeyes.

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