Today Ohio State backup center Matt Terwilliger went into surgery to have an appendectomy for his appendicitis. Although the procedure was successfully completed, the outcome of Terwilliger’s participation in the post season is not.
Bucknuts.com learned this afternoon that Terwilliger had surgery to remove his appendix, after sources indicated he was in the hospital. Bucknuts has been able to confirm the procedure was complete and that Terwilliger is reportedly “feeling much better.”
When an appendectomy is done with a laparoscope, the doctor is able to make a few small incisions in the abdomen, allowing him to see the appendix through a miniature television camera on the small tube that’s inserted. This allows them to remove the appendix through other small instruments and not leave a bigger incision on the stomach. This is the procedure Terwilliger reportedly have, which will cut down his recovery time.
Although his status is still uncertain, with the old methods he might be looking at a 4 to 6 week recovery period, but with a laparoscope, it could be as quick as 3 to 7 days.
In other words, Terwilliger is unlikely to play any in the Big Ten Tournament, but could possibly be ready for the first couple of rounds in the NCAA Tournament if Ohio State plays in Dayton, which are Friday-Sunday games. If Ohio State is in fact a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, it’s unlikely the Buckeyes would need Terwilliger to win its first game against a 15 or 16-seed.
This season, Terwilliger averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds a game off the bench for Ohio State. He averaged just shy of 11 minutes a game in filling in for Big Ten Player of the Year, Terence Dials, but has played some key minutes in close basketball games down the stretch, including in East Lansing against Michigan State.
For the period of time Terwilliger is sidelined, Ohio State will have a decision to make. When Dials is on the bench in foul trouble or getting rest, Ohio State will either have to play without a post player and anyone over 6-7 or 6-8 or they will have to rely on freshman Brayden Bell who has only played in seven games this season.