Ohio State gets back into action after taking care of the North Florida Ospreys last Friday, 99-64. The #5 Buckeyes (5-0) host the Maryland Terrapins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins (5-2) are riding a 4-game winning streak. As an aside, the Ohio State and Maryland women’s basketball teams are also playing tonight at 7:00 PM in College Park, MD. If you want to catch OSU-Maryland basketball, tonight is the night for you.
Here’s a profile on the University of Maryland
School: University of Maryland
Location: College Park, MD
Student Population: 26,487
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: ACC (for now)
Arena: Comcast Center
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon
Team and individual statistics are from statsheet.com.
University of Maryland Terrapins
The Terrapins begin a three game road trip in Columbus tonight, before heading back east to play George Washington University and Boston College. Last season the Terps finished 25-13 (17-14 ACC). This season Maryland is led by G/F Jake Layman (16.4 PPG), F Evan Smotrycz (13.7 PPG) G/F Dezmine Wells (12.9 PPG). Smotrycz also leads the team in rebounds with 7.6 per game. The name ‘Evan Smotrycz’ should sound familiar to you; prior to sitting out last season via transfer rules, Evan played two years at University of Michigan, so he does have some personal experience against the Buckeyes.
Maryland’s projected starters are the first five players on the roster, below. As you can see, they bring some pretty decent height to the floor, with their starters ranging from 6’5″ to 6’9″.
Here is the University of Maryland:
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are coming off a demolition of the North Florida Ospreys last Friday, 99-64, so Thad should have them in a pretty good frame of mind for tonight’s game. The team is beginning to get into a rhythm right now; Amir Williams has elevated his overall game, LQR is beginning to get his shooting eye back, and Sam Thompson brings the electricity off the bench. What’s not to like?
With Maryland’s height, I’d expect to see Craft, Scott and Smith rotating at the #1 and #2 positions. This will a) allow Thompson, McDonald and Loving to rotate through the front line spots and b) allow fresh legs to pressure Maryland’s ball handlers.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||11.3||48.8||72.2||48.1||4.8||1.7||1.3|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||4.8||36.0||37.5||40.0||1.7||0.3||0.7|
Maryland brings a tallish backcourt/swingman lineup, so their may be a couple match-up issues at guard positions. As you may have guessed, Maryland’s a bit better offensive rebounding team than Ohio State, but is more turnover prone. This ball-handling issue of the Terps may be exacerbated by the on-ball defense of Craft and Scott. Ohio State is favored by 9.5 points.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge did not get off to a good start last night, with the B1G going 2-4. Tonight’s match ups should go better for eh B1G, but of course, or focus is on one match up, this one,
The game is this Wednesday, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in the Value City Arena. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2. Please join us for our live chat approximately 30 minutes before tip off.