Jared Sullinger has back spasms

Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger has back spasms and will sit out the No. 2 Buckeyes' game Saturday against Texas-Pan American, the team said Friday.

The hope is that the rest will help Sullinger, who led Ohio State with 21 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Duke on Tuesday.

After the UT-Pan American game, the Buckeyes have a week off before playing Dec. 10 at Kansas (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP).

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.