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tBBC TBBC Men’s Pre-game Glance: Ohio State Versus #3 Maryland


TBBC Men’s Pre-game Glance: Ohio State Versus #3 Maryland
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Ohio State 12-6(4-1) vs. #3 Maryland 15-2(4-1)
Day: Saturday
Date: January 16th, 2016
Location: XFinity Center, College Park
Time: Noon ET

Coverage – TV: ESPN2 – 97.1FM The FAN Radio

School: University Of Maryland
Location:College Park, Maryland
Founded: 1856
Student Population: 27,056 Undergraduates, 10,800 Postgraduates
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA I
Conference: Big Ten
First Season: Facility 2002
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon, Fifth Season
Record: 353-210 Overall; 103-51 currently
Alma Mater: Kansas, 1987
Experience & Accomplishments After being an assistant with the 76ers, Turgeon has been a head coach at four different NCAA schools, Jacksonville State, Wichita State, Texas A&M and now Maryland. Making the NCAA’s six times and atleast the round of 32 five out of the six and one sweet sixteen. Save for the ’05-’06 Wichita State team, this is his best team so far in his career.Since his arrival, Maryland students have adopted the phrase ‘Fear the Turgeon, a play on the school’s motto, ‘Fear the Turtle. Some students, known as the “Turgeonites”, have created a fan club for the coach and dress like him on game days. Turgeon captured his first win as the University of Maryland Head Coach on November 13, 2011 after defeating UNC Wilmington 71-62.In his first three seasons, Turgeon led the Terps to one postseason, an appearance in the NIT Semi-finals in 2013. In 2015, Turgeon was named B1G Coach of the Year, after coaching Maryland to a 14-4 conference record.

* Information Courtesy of Wikipedia and Maryland official site

The Match-up

The Buckeyes got back on track in the second half against Rutgers Wednesday night and have an opportunity to send another message that they are for real against Maryland. JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 95. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 4-t in total blocks with 36 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 5-t nationally in total blocks with 107.

Maryland is trying to rebound from a loss to Michigan on Tuesday and have a few players that can get things done; Diamond Stone, Jake Layman and Mello Trimble who is a serious POTY candidate. Diamond Stone (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Jake Layman (18 points, 10 rebounds) both posted double-doubles at Michigan on Jan. 12, the first time two players have notched double-doubles in points and rebounds in a single game since Jordan Williams (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Dino Gregory (10 points, 10 rebounds) did so against Illinois.

Buckeyes and Terrapins

The Buckeyes are making their first trip to Maryland in Big Ten Conference play. Ohio State is 5-2 overall in the all-time series. The Terrapins are 2-1 vs. the Buckeyes in College Park. Ohio State is 3-0 in Columbus. The teams have not met at Maryland since a 76-73 Terrapin win Dec. 11, 1984.

When these teams met last season, Marc Loving matched his then-career high with 19 points and D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland. The Buckeyes dominated the Terrapins on the glass (51-32) and on defense. Jae’Sean Tate, starting his third game in a row, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes.


The Buckeyes are in need of another signature win early in this season after the showing against the Hoosiers. You get the feeling that Thad Matta was still feeling some of the effects of that beat down by the way he went off on the team at halftime against Rutgers.

Maryland probably isn’t the team you want to see after a loss. The chances of the Buckeyes keeping the Terps on a losing streak on their home court are probably slim. Melo Trimble could be the best over-all player they face so far this season.

The Buckeyes lose big on the road 92-73

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