Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/29/11
Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was in mid-thought when he suddenly said of Ohio State's William Buford, ''I don't know if you'd call it his team but, . . . he's a senior, right?'' Told that Buford was, indeed, the second-ranked Buckeyes' only senior, Carmody muttered, ''Thank God.'' Buford had career-highs of 28 points and five 3-pointers as Ohio State showed off its perimeter shooting in an 87-54 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. ''I was just shooting the ball,'' said Buford, who was 9 of 14 from the field including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. ''I was fortunate to knock them down because my teammates were setting great screens for me. They kept telling me to shoot.'' Next-to-last in the conference in 3-pointers at 4.8 per game, the Buckeyes hit seven in the first half to build a big lead and finished 10 for 20 from long range. ''We were saving it,'' Ohio State coach Thad Matta cracked. It wasn't just a bunch of guys firing up shots ...
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