In addition to watching Ohio State rally from a four-point halftime deficit at South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, Buckeyes fans had another potentially more significant drama to follow.
All-American Jared Sullinger limped off the floor midway through the first half of the Buckeyes' 74-66 victory after a South Carolina player stepped on his left foot. X-rays taken off site did not reveal any fractures, but Sullinger did not return to the game in the second half and left the arena on crutches.
Ohio State is officially calling Sullinger's injury a bone bruise in his left foot and listing him as day-to-day. The sophomore forward downplayed the injury on Twitter, calling it "just a freak accident"
"FYI I will be fine ppl.... Back at it tomorrow," he added.
Sullinger missed last Saturday's loss to Kansas as a result of back spasms before returning against South Carolina-Upstate on Wednesday night. He should have time to recover from this foot injury before he is truly needed since the Buckeyes host Lamar and Miami Ohio next week before opening Big Ten play with a home game against Northwestern Dec. 28.
In Sullinger's absence, Ohio State received a huge game from fellow sophomore DeShaun Thomas. He had 30 points on 13-for-16 shooting, more than enough to help the Buckeyes overcome a South Carolina team that lost to Elon and Tennessee State earlier this season but has looked better since the return of star guard Bruce Ellington from the football team.