Maryland bounces back, hands Ohio State its worst loss under Thad Matta

Robert Carter had 25 points in a 100-65 win against Ohio State. (USATSI)

Maryland was downed by a short-handed Michigan team earlier this week, but any doubts about this team’s place in the Big Ten were quelled by a dominant 100-65 home win agianst Ohio State on Saturday.

For the Buckeyes, it’s the first time an opponent has reached the century mark, and the first 30-point loss, since losing by 32 to Purdue in 1998 and the worst loss of the Thad Matta era.

Ohio State had its best game of the season against Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic, but otherwise, this team has been overpowered by every top-40 opponent it has faced this season. The offense was stagnant against Maryland, and short lapses on defense resulted in quick runs for a Terps team with no shortage of offensive options.

Melo Trimble was held to single-digit scoring for the third time in four games; possibly evidence of lingering issues from an injury against Rutgers. Luckily, Maryland has been getting great production inside from Robert Carter Jr. (25 points on 10-of-13 shooting) and Diamond Stone (15 points).

Plus, while Trimble wasn’t scoring it wasn’t like he was absent. The star point guard hit all of his free throws and total nine assists, including this fast break lob to Stone.

Maryland has Northwestern at home on Tuesday as its mid-week game before hitting the road for the game of the weekend against Michigan State next Sunday.

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