Hoops Preview: Buckeyes Back In Action Sunday At Home Against Maryland

The No. 16 Buckeyes (13-5, 6-3) come into Sunday’s game against Maryland (11-11, 3-8) having had their last scheduled game postponed. Ohio State hasn’t played since last Sunday’s last-second loss at Purdue. Maryland has lost two games in a row, with their last time out being a 65-63 loss against No. 13 Michigan State this past Tuesday. The Terps did have a 16-point win over No. 17 Illinois a few weeks back, however.

Opening Tip

Who: Maryland at Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Schottenstein Arena – Columbus, Ohio
When: Sunday – 1:00 pm – CBS
Why: Because if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

The Buckeyes​

Buckeye Game Notes​

  • The season of starts and stops hopefully resumes on Sunday as Ohio State will play host to Maryland in front of a national audience on CBS. Sunday’s game against Maryland will be just the 18th meeting all-time between the two programs. The Terrapins lead the overall series by a slim 9-8 margin. The teams met six times prior to Maryland joining the Big Ten before the 2014-15 season. Since joining the conference, Maryland leads the series 7-4. Last year, the teams met just once in College Park on Feb. 8. Four Buckeyes scored in double figures led by Duane Washington Jr. and Kyle Young with 18 points apiece as Ohio State won 73-65.
  • The Buckeyes will hopefully play seven of their final 11 regular season games at home where they are a perfect 9-0 this season. The Buckeyes are the only Big Ten team undefeated on their home floor this year. Thanks to COVID and plane issues, the Buckeyes have had breaks between games this season of 22 days, nine days and Sunday will mark three weeks since playing a Big Ten game at home.
  • With his 23-point effort at Minnesota last Thursday, E.J. Liddell became the 60th Buckeye to score 1,000 career points. He is now 53rd all-time in scoring in school history with 1,031 career points. Liddell is the only player in the country averaging 19.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.8 assists per game.
  • Cedric Russell has provided a spark off the bench in recent games. The Louisiana transfer had just 39 points through the first 15 games but has scored 29 (9.7ppg) over the last three games with seven made three-pointers. Malaki Braham is the only other Buckeye averaging in double figures at 10.6. He has had three 20-point games this season, including a team-high 20 points in his first career game at Mackey Arena last Sunday.

The Maryland Terrapins

What You Need To Know​

  • Maryland currently leads the Big Ten in free throws made (338) and is second in free throws attempted (449), while converting at a 75-percent rate (4th in the Big Ten). The effort has been led by Fatts Russell and Eric Ayala, who both rank in the top-10 in the Big Ten in free throws attempted.
  • Maryland is one of six schools nationally to win at least four games against ranked teams in each of the last three seasons (2018-21), joined by Kansas, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa and Michigan. It is looking to pick up its third ranked win of this season Sunday.
  • Graduate guard Fatts Russell needs just 22 points to reach 1,900 for his career. He is the only active player in Division I with 1800 points, 450 assists and 225 steals to his ledger. Among active career leaders, Russell is fifth in free throws made (495), 13th in steals (235), 23rd in points (1878) and 35th in assists (491).
  • The Terrapins are 9-0 when Hakim Hart has at least two steals in a game. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 1.57 steals/g. Hart has posted double-figures in 12 of his last 14 games, after only recording nine in his first 55 collegiate games.
  • Maryland Athletics and head coach Mark Turgeon announced their decision to mutually part ways after eight games on Dec. 3, 2021. Assistant coach Danny Manning was tabbed by Director of Athletics Damon Evans to serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Manning needs no introduction as one of college basketball’s all-time greatest players, having led Kansas to a pair of Final Fours and the 1988 NCAA Championship. Turgeon was the Jayhawks’ point guard in 1987 and was a graduate assistant when Kansas won the title in 1988. Manning was the 1988 college player of the year, a two-time All-American, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft and a two-time NBA All-Star.