Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 9/5/14
Thad Matta approached Jared Sullinger in a locker room at Allen Fieldhouse before then-No. 2 Ohio State played then-No. 13 Kansas. The news wasn't good. Neither was Sullinger's mood. It was Dec. 10, the day of one of the season's best nonconference matchups. Buckeyes coaches had chosen to sit Sullinger for a second consecutive game because of back spasms "I want to put my players' best interest in mind," Matta said later that afternoon but the sophomore forward felt a sense of loss with his pain. Before Sullinger's injury, the game between Kansas and Ohio State had been billed as a showdown between two of the nation's best frontcourt talents. Earlier, Sullinger had been named a preseason All-American an honor befitting his potential as a 6-foot-9, 265-pound force expected to carry the Buckeyes in their attempt to improve upon two consecutive Sweet 16 exits. Meanwhile, Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson had emerged in the Jayhawks' first eight games as their main inside threa...
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