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Jan. 30, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-8, 6-3) vs. Maryland Terrapins (18-3, 7-2)

Date: Jan. 31, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 1:06 p.m.
Television: CBS
Talent: Ian Eagle (Play-By-Play)
Clark Kellogg (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Evan Turner Recognition Planned
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program will honor former Buckeye Evan Turner during a halftime ceremony Feb. 16 when the Buckeyes take on Michigan at Value City Arena. Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year, will have a banner unveiled barring his jersey No. 21 alongside Ohio State’s three other national players of the year. Buckeyes players have won the honor five times. Jerry Lucas, twice, Gary Bradds and Jim Jackson also have banners hanging in the rafters of Value City Arena in honor of their POY accomplishments. John Havlicek was selected by former Ohio State athletics director Andy Geiger to have a banner on display recognizing his many accomplishments and contributions to Ohio State basketball.

Starting Five, Plus One
•    Thad Matta is tied for the No. 14 spot all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 138 career league triumphs. Arthur Lonborg, who coached Northwestern from 1928-50, currently holds the No. 14 spot with Matta. Harold “Bud” Foster is at No. 13 with 143 wins at Wisconsin from 1935-59.
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds at Illinois. Marc Loving added 11 points and 10 boards to mark the fifth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 138-51 (.725) all-time when two players record a double-double. The last time an OSU duo recorded double-doubles in the same game four times was during the 2007-08 season. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in five or more games was during the 1982-83 season when it happed five times. Granville Waiters and Tony Campbell were
the two players with double-doubles in all five.  
•    Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program at the start of the 2004-05 season, the Buckeyes have accumulated the second most points among Big Ten schools with 30,036 points for an average of 72.4 points a game. The Buckeyes became the second team to reach 30,000 points over the last 12 years in the Big Ten with 68 at Illinois Thursday. Michigan State has scored 30,146 points in the Matta era. The Buckeyes own the highest scoring average during that time ahead of the 72.2 points per game averaged by Indiana.   
•    The game vs. Penn State Jan. 25 was the 200th regular-season Big Ten contest for Thad Matta while coaching the Buckeyes. The game vs. the Nittany Lions also was the 100th Big Ten home game for Matta’s Buckeyes. Since he took over the program in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 84-16 (.840) at home and 54-47 (.535) on the road for a career record of 138-63 (.687) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 105. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 5 in total blocks with 40 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 3 nationally in total blocks with 130. The Buckeyes are No. 10 in defensive rebounds with 623. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Giddens’ 40 blocks are tied for fifth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 6 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.
•    As of last Friday, opponents with wins vs. the Buckeyes this season are a combined 125-38 (.767) and 42-21 (.667) in their respective conferences. Ohio State’s three losses in the Big Ten have come vs. teams with a combined record of 53-11 (.828) and a league mark of 20-6 (.769).

Ohio State vs. Maryland Series
Ohio State is 5-3 overall in the all-time series. The Terrapins are 3-1 vs. the Buckeyes in College Park. Ohio State is 3-0 in Columbus. Ohio State won in the only neutral site meeting Dec. 1, 1983 in the National Invitation Tournament. Marc Loving is the most experienced Buckeye in the Maryland series with three games played vs. the Terrapins. He averages 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. He has connected on 7 of 10 3-pointers and 9 of 22 shots from the field overall. Jae’Sean Tate contributes 14 points and 6.5 boards over two career meetings.

Last Time vs. Maryland in Columbus
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. Loving, off the bench, responded by hitting all five of his 3-pointers as the Buckeyes went 10 of 17 behind the arc. Russell, the nation’s leading freshman scorer a year ago, flirted with a triple-double. He also had six assists and two steals, and didn’t commit a turnover in 34 minutes. Ahead by eight points at halftime thanks to a 12-0 run, the Buckeyes took control early in the second half. Up 41-32 just 3 minutes in, the Buckeyes went on a rapid-fire 7-0 run. Later, Loving hit consecutive 3s to push the lead to 54-38 with under 14 minutes left, and Maryland never again threatened. In the last meeting earlier this year, Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 25 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added a season-best 22 and No. 3 Maryland defeated Ohio State 100-65 in College Park.

Scouting the Terrapins
No. 8 Maryland travels to Columbus after a home game vs. No. 3 Iowa last Thursday, a 74-68 win for the Terps. At 18-3 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten, the Terrapins are balanced offensively with five players in double figures. Sophomore guard Melo Trimble leads the way with 14.3 points per game. Freshman center Diamond Stone (13.0 ppg.), junior forward Robert Carter (13.4 ppg.), senior forward Jake Layman (10.7 ppg.) and fifth-year transfer Rasheed Sulaimon (10.6 ppg.) follow Trimble’s lead. Carter is the squad’s top rebounder with 6.9 boards a game.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State begins its 104th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2015-16. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 789-696 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 164-73 vs. league members, including a mark of 160-70 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

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