Your Ohio State Buckeyes are back in action tonight in Value City Arena, following an 80-64 win over #1 Michigan State on Sunday. The Maryland Terrapins are in town sporting a 14-4 record including 3-2 in the Big Ten Conference.
Ohio State (13-4, 4-0) looked dominant on both offense and defense against Michigan State, a team that beat Maryland last week by 30 points. It’s not all bad for Maryland though, as they whooped up on Iowa 91-73 earlier this week. It’s been somewhat of a strange year for the Terrapins, who have fallen to the likes of St. Bonaventure and lost many players due to injury.
Maryland will be playing with only 8 scholarship players available Thursday night. Forward Justin Jackson is out for the season with a shoulder injury, and forward Ivan Bender will miss the game to due a torn meniscus. Backup guard Dion Wiley also will not play after suffering a concussion against Iowa.
As I mentioned, the Buckeyes are coming off of a big win over (then #1) Michigan State on Sunday, let’s relive those highlights, shall we?
As they have been all year, the Buckeyes were led by forward Keita Bates-Diop who poured in 32 points, a new career high for him. He also grabbed 7 rebounds which led the team, and had 3 steals and a block. This Buckeye team will go as he goes, and with how he’s playing of late, the Buckeyes may have some magic in the month of March.
The statistics are very similar between Ohio State and Maryland. Both teams average 49% shooting and 15 assists per game. Ohio State averages 79 points per game while Maryland is right behind at 78. Maryland holds opponents to 65 points per game, while Ohio State allows 68 points per game.
While the Terrapins may be short handed, there won’t be a lack of talent on the floor. They’re led by sophomore guard Anthony Cowan who averages 16 points per game, and almost 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Sophomore guard Kevin Huerter is the 2nd leading scorer, putting in 14 points per game. At 6’7″, Huerter is a mismatch waiting to happen.
Following in Ohio State Football’s steps, the Ohio State Hoops video department released a new video leading up to this game. Enjoy.
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The Buckeyes are on a roll right now, winning 8 of their last 9 games. This is a big test for Ohio State after their enormous win over the Spartans on Sunday. How will they respond? I’m thinking Chris Holtmann will have them more than ready for this one. The game tips off at 7:00pm on ESPN2, the Buckeyes are favored by 5 points at home.