COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jamar Butler, a senior guard, was selected the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Monday, the league office announced.
Butler led Ohio State to a pair of wins over ranked opponents to close out the regular season for the Buckeyes. In wins over No. 15 Purdue (3/4) and No. 17 Michigan State Sunday, Butler averaged 22.5 points while making 58 percent of his field goals (11-19) and 100 percent of his foul shots (16-16). He also connected on 7-of-12 3-pointers (.583).
Butler tied the Ohio State record for games played (133) in the start vs. the Spartans and will break the record when Ohio State takes on Michigan State again in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
The weekly honor is the second of the season for an Ohio State player and the second in Butler’s career. Freshman Kosta Koufos earned the honor in November.
Ohio State begins Big Ten tournament play at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Michigan State in Indianapolis. The game will be televised by ESPN.