Buckeyes' Terwilliger has appendectomy



COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio State backup center Matt Terwilliger had an appendectomy Wednesday and is questionable for the No. 7 Buckeyes in this weekend's Big Ten tournament, the school said.
Terwilliger will not travel with the team, which was to leave today for its quarterfinal game Friday in Indianapolis against the winner of the Penn State-Northwestern game, Ohio State spokesman Dan Wallenberg said. The Buckeyes (23-4) earned the top seed and a first-round bye by winning their first outright conference title in 14 years.
Terwilliger had some discomfort Sunday, and tests Tuesday prompted doctors to schedule the surgery, Wallenberg said. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound sophomore, who is averaging 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds backing up conference player of the year Terence Dials, is to rejoin the Buckeyes in Indianapolis.
The team expects Terwilliger to be ready for the NCAA tournament, Wallenberg said.
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