The preseason talk in the
Sullinger, a standout sophomore, will play against Lamar on Tuesday night despite suffering a left foot injury against South Carolina on Saturday. He previously had missed two games with back spasms.
Coach Thad Matta told reporters Monday that Sullinger injured a tendon in his ankle before leaving the game against the Gamecocks in the first half. Sullinger tried to assure Buckeyes fans by tweeting after the game, "#FYI I will be fine ppl.... Back at it tomorrow."
But the most reassurance came from sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who had 30 points and six rebounds at South Carolina without Sullinger.
Nagging injuries could change the national picture, so the quicker Sullinger heals, the better for the Buckeyes.
With Xavier point guard
Xavier's mailbox probably wasn't stuffed with sympathy cards, but it is wise for the team to continue to apologize for its part in the bench-clearing brawl.
"We were all embarrassed by our behavior last weekend," coach Chris Mack told the crowd before the game. "It's extremely disappointing and in no way was a representation of what our university and our basketball program is all about."
Holloway will return Thursday against Long Beach State from a one-game suspension for his trash-talking that sparked the fight.