Ohio State men stay hot, blast Maryland


Jacoby, like many other kids growing up in the Buckeye State, spent his childhood rooting for Ohio State and has always been a fan.

From the moment he first stepped foot in Columbus as the head coach of the men's basketball team, Ohio State's Chris Holtmann had plenty that he had to worry about, but one thing was certain: If he wanted his Buckeyes to compete and do well during his first year leading the program, forward Keita Bates-Diop would have to lead the way. The Buckeyes were about to send in their walk-ons, as if this was a meaningless nonconference game against a weaker opponent in the middle of November. The starters were reunited with 7:52 to play trailing 22-20, but Potter replaced Wesson 2:01 later with just a Wesson layup marking the points of the stretch.

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Maryland is coming off a 91-73 win over Iowa this past weekend to move to 3-2 in the Big Ten.

"He's such a matchup nightmare for everybody", Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said after practice Wednesday in College Park. It was just that kind of night for Maryland. Ohio State has covered in its last two games and all four Big Ten contests this year.

"I think Josh has really grown up a lot the a year ago and a half, I think he has a good feel for what we're trying to do defensively", Turgeon said.

It committed just one turnover in that span.

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Ohio State men stay hot, blast Maryland

"We click on offense to start every game", said Huerter, except this time the game went off the rails after the promising start.

"I'm not a high-volume shooter, so just to knock those down was great", said Dakich, a graduate transfer from MI who had a career-high 11 points.

That helped fuel a 22-2 run by the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes lead ballooned to 22-2 with help from two straight three-pointers from Bates-Diop and Andrew Dakich heating up from there as well. MI had lost five straight to the Spartans before winning by 29 points in their last meeting, and MSU looks vulnerable even though it's 11-0 at home.

"Diop was a pretty big part of our scouting report. It's just another setback for him, which is disappointing, because we need him". The worst lasted almost seven minutes late in the second half.

Kevin Huerter has averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists over the last five games for Maryland. We all knew the game plan. "And it hurt. It hurt us", Cekovsky said. Some of the remaining players were hit by illness.

"He gave an effort. I had a passing thought that we might play some of these lineups but the game kind of required it".

Maryland was down to eight scholarship players with Dion Wiley out, in addition to losing Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender to season-ending injuries earlier this month. That simply wasn't present on Thursday.

MARYLAND: At Michigan on Monday night.