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Published: Monday, 1/19/2009

OSU's Buford named Big Ten player of week

FROM BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES
Ohio State guard William Buford celebrates after a play Saturday night against Michigan. Ohio State defeated No. 25 Michigan 65-58. Ohio State guard William Buford celebrates after a play Saturday night against Michigan. Ohio State defeated No. 25 Michigan 65-58.
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COLUMBUS - Ohio State freshman William Buford was named the Big Ten player of the week Monday after leading the Buckeyes to victories last week over Indiana and at No. 25 Michigan.

In the two wins, Buford averaged 17 points, six rebounds and went 13-of-25 (.520) from the field. The Libbey almumnus also recorded four assists and two steals while averaging 36.5 minutes per game.

In Tuesday s game against the Hoosiers, Buford tied a career high with 19 points, hitting 4-of-7 (.571) from 3-point range, marking the third consecutive game that he either has set or tied his career high in scoring.

Against Michigan on Saturday night, Buford reached double figures for the eighth time in his last nine outings with 15 points.

For the week, Buford went 5-of-11 (.455) from 3-point range and 3-of-4 (.750) from the free throw line.



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