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Oklahoma forward Dante Buford suspended for 3 games

NCAA Final Four Basketball

Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger answers questions at a news conference for the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma forward Dante Buford has been suspended for the first three games of the season.

The school made the announcement in a news release Saturday.

The release said the NCAA suspended Buford after he received an extra benefit for one of his complimentary tickets during last season’s NCAA Tournament.

Buford, a sophomore, averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds last season. He did not play in Oklahoma’s exhibition win over Washburn.

The Sooners open the regular season Sunday against Northwestern State.