Jan. 15, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-6, 4-1) vs. Maryland Terrapins (15-2, 4-1)

Date: Jan. 16, 2016
Site: XFinity Center (17,950)
Game Time: Noon
Television: ESPN2
Talent: Bob Wishusen (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (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 Anelysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 95. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 4-t in total blocks with 36 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 5-t nationally in total blocks with 107. The Buckeyes are No. 6 in defensive rebounds with 512 and No. 17 spot in field goals percentage defense (.382/408-1,069). 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’ 36 blocks are tied for seventh in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is tied for No. 8 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.
•    Ohio State has shot better from the field than its opponent in 16 of 18 games this season and is 12-6 to date. Ohio State outshot 23 opponents a year ago and was 23-0 in those games. In the Matta era, the Buckeyes have outshot foes 302 times and are 274-28 in those games (.907).
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds vs. SCSU. Trevor Thompson added 10 points and 10 boards to mark the fourth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 135-51 (.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.   
•    Thad Matta has coached 411 games at Ohio State, the third most in school history. Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) and Fred Taylor (1959-76), have reached 400 or more games at Ohio State. Olsen coached 456 (259-197) and Taylor 455 (297-158).
•    Currently, Matta has the second longest tenure in the Big Ten with 12 years on the sidelines in Columbus. Tom Izzo at Michigan State has been with the Spartans over the last 21 seasons.
•    As of Thursday, opponents with wins vs. the Buckeyes this season are a combined 74-20 (.787) and 15-5 (.750) in their respective conferences.

Ohio State vs. Maryland Series
The Buckeyes are making their first trip to Maryland in Big Ten Conference play. Ohio State is 5-2 overall in the all-time series. The Terrapins are 2-1 vs. the Buckeyes in College Park. Ohio State is 3-0 in Columbus. The teams have not met at Maryland since a 76-73 Terrapin win Dec. 11, 1984.

Last Time vs. Maryland
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.

Scouting the Terrapins
No. 3 Maryland returns home after dropping a 70-67 decision at Michigan last Tuesday in Ann Arbor. At 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, the Terrapins  are balanced offensively with five players in double figures. Sophomore guard Melo Trimble leads the way with 14.1 points per game. Freshman center Diamond Stone (13.6 ppg.), junior forward Robert Carter (12.7 ppg.), senior forward Jake Layman (11.1 ppg.) and Rasheed Sulaimon (10.2 ppg.) follow Trimble’s lead. Carter is the squad’s top rebounder with 6.7 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 787-694 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 162-71 vs. league members, including a mark of 158-68 while coaching the Buckeyes.

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.