By Jeff Goodman
Last week, Aaron Craft was worried about Jared Sullinger.
"Just the way he was moving around," Ohio State's sophomore point guard said about his teammate. "I was nervous."
But Sullinger is making progress and is getting close to returning to the court.
"This week he's gotten a lot better," Craft said. "He's been happier, he's acting more like Jared."
Sullinger and his teammates got the day off Sunday following the team's loss at Kansas, one in which the big man sat out due to back spasms. He also sat out Monday and Craft said he was uncertain if -- and how much -- Sullinger would practice on Tuesday.
"We don't know yet," Craft said. "But he looks good running around."
Craft said he honestly didn't feel as though having Sullinger would have made the difference in the loss to Kansas. "Not with the way we played," Craft said. "We didn't have good focus defensively and didn't execute well."
That's all true. However, Sullinger helps in both areas. Boston College transfer Evan Ravenel and freshman Amir Williams combined to play 40 minutes against the Jayhawks and finished with a total of 11 points and eight rebounds.
Craft said he is still getting adjusted to being more of a focal point on this team, which is nine games into the season. He's averaging 9.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals -- and has started to shoot the ball with more consistency from the perimeter over the last few games.
"My shot was really bad early," he admitted. "But it's coming around now."
-- Craft said that Kansas was the best opposing venue he's played in thus far in his career. That honor went to Purdue a year ago, when E'Twaun Moore lit up the Buckeyes.
-- Craft is also back on track in the classroom. After receiving his first B a year ago, he earned straight A's in his four classes this past quarter.
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