Fresh off their first loss in over a month, since Dec. 1 against UNC, the Maryland Terrapins looked to respond in the comfortable confines of Xfinity Center. Since the change in name from Comcast in July 2014, the Terps are a whopping 29-1 in friendly territory. Mark Turgeon and company were looking at this as a “must-win” game, as the tournament committee judges heavily on back-to-back losses.
Maryland got it done on both ends of the floor easily to win their ninth straight game following a loss. When the starters left the game the Terps were up 91-47, hitting two out of three shots from the field. The Terrapins hit the century mark for the first time in a conference game since 2002 vs. Virginia on their way to demolishing Ohio State, 100-65.
Making a conscious effort to get Robert Carter Jr. involved early
Along with Jake Layman, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter was one of the lone bright spots in a loss to Michigan on Tuesday. Carter was the feature on offense on five of the Terps six possessions to start the game. The team did not go away from the Georgia native when he started the game with a turnover and missed hook shot, and Carter rewarded Maryland for it. Carter finished through contact for a layup before hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key and putting back his own missed shot for eight straight points. Within the first half alone, the Terps big had 15 points on just nine field goal attempts. Carter finished the game with a career-high in points (25) as well as in 3-point makes (4).
A shoot out early turns into a rout when Buckeyes cannot keep pace
At the first media timeout, Maryland and Ohio State were tied at 11. The Buckeyes only trailed by four at the under-12 stop in play when they were shooting 8 of 14 (57.1 percent) from the field. Things went bad for Ohio State at that point, as their shooting dropped off while Maryland kept their foot on the pedal. The Buckeyes finished the last 12 minutes shooting just 33 percent from the field (6 of 18), while the Terps were a consistent 63.3 percent (19 of 30) in the half.
Terps put their foot on Ohio State’s throat to start the second half
When Diamond Stone ran the floor for an easy layup at the 19:07 mark of the second half, it jumpstarted a 22-3 run that lasted until 12:03. Ohio State was a miserable 1 of 12 from the field during that stretch, while Maryland scored on 10 of 13 possessions. There were simply too many scoring options for the Buckeyes to have to worry about, especially considering former walk-on Varun Ram was making it rain from beyond the arc. Up 91-47 with less than seven minutes to play allowed Mark Turgeon to empty the bench.
Melo Trimble is a light switch between bucket and dime producer
In the first half, Melo Trimble had no points but was much more effective relative to his two-point performance against Michigan. The Upper Marlboro native took only two shots, one a desperation 3-pointer to beat the shot clock, but was getting his teammates involved in the game. By halftime, the player of the year candidate had six assists, with a few more of the hockey variety that you will not see in the box score. After a couple more assists to his big men, Trimble decided to get himself into the scoring act. For a short three-minute span early in the second half, Trimble scored eight points. After hitting a midrange jumper to give him some confidence back in his stroke, Trimble aggressively attacked the basket, where he finished for a patented mid-air adjustment layup and two trips to the charity stripe. In 27 minutes of play, Trimble finished with an efficient eight points and nine assists.
Rasheed Sulaimon quietly responds from one of his worse games of the year
Following the Penn State game, Rasheed Sulaimon told Mark Turgeon that he was going to give him more scoring, after having a single point while taking five shots from the floor. Sulaimon then shot 30 percent (3 of 10) against Michigan to go along with three costly turnovers. Against Ohio State, he had his most efficient game of the year on his way to a season-high 22 points. Sulaimon was dynamite from beyond the arc, making four 3s on five attempts, and made all five of his shots inside the three point line. Scoring was not the only thing the Duke transfer helped out with, as he added five assists and a couple of boards in contribution to the rout.
Maryland will stay at home for a Tuesday matchup against Northwestern at 8 p,m, after thumping the Wildcats in Evanston two weeks ago.