The last time Maryland and Ohio State met on the basketball court, the Terps handed the Buckeyes a historic 100-65 beatdown. It was the first 30-point loss for OSU since 1998 along with it being the first time an opponent has scored 100 points and the worst loss under Thad Matta.
Ohio State got a chance to exact some revenge from that whipping on Sunday back in Columbus, catching a Maryland team fresh off its first signature win of the season, beating Iowa 74-68 in College Park. The Buckeyes scrapped and battled until the final whistle and even held the lead for a brief moment in the second half but ultimately came up short, losing 66-61.
Maryland now improves to 8-2 in the Big Ten and 19-3 overall while Ohio State, currently outside of the projected field of 68, misses a great opportunity to get a quality win, it’s first against a top-100 team (much less top 10) since the Buckeyes shocked Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic in December.
The best highlight of the game came from Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman, running the fast break and executing an alley-oop that should be on the Terps’ highlight reel for the rest of the season.
For Maryland, the fact that it was a close game should not be as concerning as recognizing the places where the Terps could have put the Buckeyes away if not for some stagnant stretches of basketball. Mark Turgeon’s team looks so much better on paper than the rest of the Big Ten, but have just three double-digit wins in conference play. Some of that speaks to the strength of the league but also to the fact that Maryland still has room to get even better.