The 2018 Ohio State football team received some welcome news on Thursday when wide receiver Parris Campbell announced he'll be returning to school for his senior season. "Just to kind of give them a boost with that 12-point lead going into the second half". "I think we've shown signs on the defensive end", Pikiell said.
The Buckeyes led 44-32 at the half on the strength of a 22-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers from Andrew Dakich and a pair from Bates-Diop. In the last two conference road games, Maryland has surrendered 33 made three-pointers to their opponents.
"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. "I think his post defense has gotten better, his awareness and understanding has gotten better". "He was defending, he was making shots, and he was making us hard to guard..."
"I like the fact that we're taking care of the ball".
And when the Buckeyes finished their upset of the No. 1 Spartans at Value City Arena, the Big Ten's longest-tenured coach couldn't help but reference the job done by Chris Holtmann's predecessor that helped put the first-year coach in position for a signature win.
In the Terrapins' last contest, they blew out the Iowa Hawkeyes, 91-73.
Even with that said and although he has been arguably one of the best players in the country through this season, Bates-Diop was left off the John R. Wooden Award midseason watch list Thursday afternoon, which names 25 players who are frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. Asked whether he would text Matta after the game, Holtmann said he likely would call him this week and then also shared his thoughts on the man he replaced. It will have one on Monday at MI, but Turgeon is more concerned with ratcheting up his team's energy.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State is favored at home, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -4.5 points against Maryland.
Whenever Ohio State is back in the national rankings, Izzo said that's where it should be as a program. The Buckeyes are now ranked first in the conference, and have been riding the wave of the redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is averaging 20 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
MARYLAND (14-5): Fernando 1-2 0-0 2, Cekovsky 7-12 4-5 18, Morsell 0-7 4-8 4, Huerter 4-10 0-0 12, Cowan 3-13 3-4 12, Tomaic 3-4 4-7 11, Obi 1-2 0-0 2, Valmon 0-1 0-0 0, Mona 1-1 2-2 4, Nickens 2-8 0-0 4.