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Why Ohio State sat Sullinger

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09:41 AM ET 12.11 | So why didn't Jared Sullinger play on Saturday in such a big game, the Buckeyes' first road test of the season against a top 15 team like Kansas? OSU coach Thad Matta said that if Ohio State had been playing an NCAA Tournament game, Sullinger would have been on the court. "And make sure you write that this was not an NCAA Tournament game, so people understand that," Matta said.

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December 11, 2011  10:25 AM ET
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scared

Just another reason I hate college hoops. Why even have the regular season, no one takes it seriously

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December 11, 2011  10:45 AM ET
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did you watch Tx WVB last night. Lost in the quarters to UCLA. I hate that because they were ranked 1. If only they did it like CFB then they wouldn't have had that pesky playoff thing and could have been voted 1 and claimed themselves champs. Man CFB does it so much better.

Didn't see it. Was at the Dragons game.

I thought for sure this was the year they break thru after close losses to the eventual champs the past few years. Maybe they can pull a bama and claim the 1 spot anyway.

And, don't get me wrong, I would love a plus 1 or 8 team playoff. But, BB with the 1 and dones, and all the apathy until March gets to me.

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December 11, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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But did you see the fox cross the field.

Our good luck charm. We have a crew looking for him all over Highland PArk to take to the death star next week.

I didn't see it at first was so into the play, wife saw it and pointed it out. Funny as ****

December 11, 2011  11:15 AM ET

I don't know why they call it the National Championship, in CFB, when only a very small percentage of the teams have even a remote chance of playing in the game. In CBB they have an exciting tournement where 65 teams have a chance to win it all like Butler almost did. Even if a team goes undefeated in CFB they are at the mercy of pollsters with their fuzzy computer ptograms. There are 35 bowl games and only one means anything and this year there are only a couple worth watching.

December 11, 2011  11:51 AM ET
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did you watch Tx WVB last night. Lost in the quarters to UCLA. I hate that because they were ranked 1. If only they did it like CFB then they wouldn't have had that pesky playoff thing and could have been voted 1 and claimed themselves champs. Man CFB does it so much better.

You get the sarcasm award for the day...
...and the wrath of the SEC homers!

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December 11, 2011  12:54 PM ET
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"Why Ohio State Sat Sullinger"...HMMM...I'm wondering about that myself. It almost seems to me that Coach Matta was playing a psych game at a couple of levels: 1) He deliberately sat Sullinger to ensure the Buckeyes win streak would end, thus taking pressure off the team and the expectations that go with trying to stay undefeated; 2) Keeping Sullinger out would show the "less is more" theory to the CBB world (this is "X" factor if Sully is in the game).Matta benching Sullinger for a perceived back injury does seem a bit bogus considering Sully said he was up and "dancing" Friday morning. Curious.

I'd say it's a lot less conspiracy theory-ish than that...More so that this isn't an important league game, it isn't an important tournament game and why take a risk of aggravating what's currently a nagging injury? Let him rest for as long as it takes now or else he could have a lingering back problem all season and at crucial times when we can't afford to have him sit. Everyone was also saying that Sully couldn't even touch his toes on Saturday.

December 11, 2011  01:01 PM ET
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I don't know why they call it the National Championship, in CFB, when only a very small percentage of the teams have even a remote chance of playing in the game. In CBB they have an exciting tournement where 65 teams have a chance to win it all like Butler almost did. Even if a team goes undefeated in CFB they are at the mercy of pollsters with their fuzzy computer ptograms. There are 35 bowl games and only one means anything and this year there are only a couple worth watching.

College football is singularly unique in American sports, though. The entire season is essentially a playoff. My case and point for that type of system -- Where you have to be perfect or near perfect the entire season -- is "did you SEE last season's national championship game for college basketball???" That was one of the worst games I watched all season let alone one of the worst championship games I've ever seen. Two teams that had either or a combination of both A) A lucky hotstreak and B) an easier path to the title game. None of the best teams in the country were playing for the national championship. That system doesn't reward the best team or the team who had the best season...It rewarded who got hot and lucky at the end of the season.

December 11, 2011  01:05 PM ET

Not to mention (in the spirit of this story) in college football there's no sitting a star player for any game throughout the season because every week is do or die. I can watch my NFL team lose and just say, meh...Whatever. I watch my college football team lose and it's devestating. College basketball has an exciting few weeks...College football has an exciting few months.

December 11, 2011  02:07 PM ET
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I'd say it's a lot less conspiracy theory-ish than that...More so that this isn't an important league game, it isn't an important tournament game and why take a risk of aggravating what's currently a nagging injury? Let him rest for as long as it takes now or else he could have a lingering back problem all season and at crucial times when we can't afford to have him sit. Everyone was also saying that Sully couldn't even touch his toes on Saturday.

This.

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December 11, 2011  05:20 PM ET
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Okay now I understand why Sullinger didn't play last night. Wait a minute...no I don't.

it's called thinking down the road...the game yesterday was a big deal for maybe a couple hours...why take a chance aggravating a back spasm problem on winning this game and then maybe losing sullinger for a long period of time? Much too early in the season for that...as Matta said, if it was the end of the season and this was a win-or-go home game, then you play him.

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