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Terry Gilliam, Associated Press
Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas (1) grabs a rebound in front of Penn State's Cammeron Woodyard (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Ohio State took advantage of Penn State's slow start to roll to a 78-54 victory on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) won their third in a row and fifth in six games while tuning up for Sunday's big home showdown with No. 20 Michigan. The Wolverines, Ohio State and Michigan State came into the week tied for the top spot in the Big Ten.

The Nittany Lions paid tribute to Joe Paterno by wearing black bands on their jerseys. Paterno, Penn State's football coach for 46 years and the winner of a major-college record 409 games, died Sunday at age 85. A public viewing and funeral was held earlier on Wednesday.