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Men's Basketball
Amir Williams Makes First Start vs. Chicago State
By Brandon Castel

Amir Williams
Photo by Jim Davidson
Amir Williams

Ohio State sophomore Amir Williams will make the first start of his Ohio State career Saturday against Chicago State, the team’s final non-conference opponent of the 2012-13 season.

Williams, who scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds during Ohio State’s 74-66 loss to Kansas, has come off the bench in the first 40 games of his career with the Buckeyes.

He did start the team’s lone exhibition game earlier this season against Walsh University, and now the 6-11 Williams will replace senior Evan Ravenel in the starting lineup following a tough loss to the Jayhawks one week ago.

“I just seemed more focused in the big games this year,” Williams admitted during interviews this week.

“It’s a big opponent, so why not be ready for those games? But I have to be ready for a Chicago State tomorrow. It’s something that I just have to really just key in, no matter who go out and play.”

At 3-11, the Chicago State Cougars are a far cry from the Kansas team Ohio State lost to a week ago, but this could be the start of something new for the Buckeyes. Williams was easily the team’s best chance against Kansas’ 7-foot Jeff Withey, and he could be called upon to serve as the team’s starting center the rest of the year.

A native of Michigan, Williams is averaging 4.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season in 15.6 minutes a night off the bench.

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