Terry Gilliam, Associated Press
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger (0) pulls down a rebound as Penn State's Sasa Borovnjak (21) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 78-54.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — They started hanging out when they were 10 or 11, scooping the snow off of driveways and outdoor courts before rolling out a basketball and pretending they were playing in huge showdowns.

Now they'll be in one of those big games Sunday — but on opposing teams.

Michigan's standout freshman point guard Trey Burke and Ohio State's All-American big man Jared Sullinger grew up together, played middle school, high school and AAU ball together.

Now they'll try to beat each other with first place in the Big Ten on the line between the 20th-ranked Wolverines and No. 4 Buckeyes.