Jan. 29, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Greg Oden, a freshman center on the Ohio State men's basketball team, averaged a double-double last week in a pair of wins for the fifth-ranked Buckeyes to earn the Big Ten's Player of the Week honor, which he shares with Wisconsin's Alando Tucker this week, the league office announced Monday.
Oden's 18 points and 11.5 rebound average led Ohio State to victories at Northwestern and at home against Michigan State. He connected on 59 percent of his field goals (10-17) and 67 percent of his foul shots (16-24). Oden continues to shoot with his off hand, his left, from the foul line as his natural shooting right wrist heals from offseason surgery.
Against Northwestern, Oden recorded a career-high 17 rebounds. Northwestern had 19 rebounds as a team. His 11-of-14 shooting from the foul line against Michigan State was instrumental in Ohio State's 66-64 victory over the Spartans. With a scoring average of 15.6 points a game, which leads the Buckeyes, Oden has the fourth-highest scoring average among OSU freshmen all time. His .637 season field goal shooting percentage is the best freshman shooting average and his 9.8 rebounds a game and total of 50 blocks ranks No. 2 among all-time OSU rookies.
Ohio State plays its next two games on the road. The Buckeyes travel to Purdue (7 p.m./ESPN2) Wednesday and then to Michigan State (4 p.m./CBS) Saturday.
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