PREVIEW: #9/9 Ohio State at #6/5 Maryland
#9/9 Ohio State at #6/5 Maryland
Date: January 2, 2016 | Time: 12:00 p.m. | Venue: XFINITY Center| Location: College Park, Md.
Radio: 1460 AM
- The Buckeyes will start 2016 with a top-10 showdown against No. 6/5 Maryland in College Park, Md., on Saturday.
- Tip-off is set for Noon from the XFINITY Center.
- Ohio State has won its last five games and is 9-3 overall. The Buckeyes opened B1G play with an 85-80 comeback victory over No. 22 Michigan State on Thursday.
- Maryland lost for the only time this season to top-ranked UConn last Monday but rebounded with a 79-63 victory at Illinois on Thursday. The Terrapins are 12-1 on the year.
- The game will be televised on CBS. Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli will have the call.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes are second in the conference and fifth in the country in scoring at 85.8 ppg.
- Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in seven of the last nine games.
- Behind Alexa Hart and Lisa Blair, the Buckeyes lead the conference in blocked shots per game (5.3).
- Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the preseason Wooden and Naismith Award Watch Lists.
- Mitchell and Alston are the top-scoring duo in the country, averaging a combined 44.0 points per game.
- Mitchell is second in the country at 24.4 ppg and Alston is 30th at 19.6 ppg.
- When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 17-3, including 7-1 this season.
- Alston is eighth in school-history in career scoring with 1,796 points.
- The Buckeyes have faced four top-10 teams already this season, including teams 1, 2 and 3.
- The Terrapins come into the game with a 12-1 record on the season and a 1-0 mark in the B1G after a solid road victory at Illinois.
- Maryland's lone loss this season came at the hands of No. 1 UConn last Monday.
- The Terrapins lead the conference in a number of categories and is the counties top-scoring team at 88.3 points per game.
- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough leads the team in scoring (18.3 ppg), steals (29) and blocks (20).
- Center Brionna Jones is one of the premier post players in the country as she is averaging 14.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
- Brene Moseley is the third Terrapin averaging in double-figures at 13.5 ppg. She also tops the sqaud with 84 assists.
Series History vs. Maryland
- The Buckeyes and Terrapins are meeting for the eighth time overall and just the second time in a Big Ten regular season game.
- Maryland leads the all-time series 5-2, winning each of the last four meetings.
- The first three meetings in the series all came in NCAA Tournament games.
- Maryland won both games last season, 87-78 in College Park during the regular season and 77-74 in the Big Ten Championship game in March.
McGuff vs. Maryland
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 0-5 all-time in matchups with Brenda Frese and Maryland.
- He dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with the Terrapins in 2004 and 2005 while at Xavier.
- The Buckeyes then fell at Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in McGuff’s first season. Last year, he dropped both meetings, including a 77-74 loss in the Big Ten Championship game.
Last Year Against Maryland
- The teams played two very good games last year with the Terrapins coming out ahead both times.
- The first meeting was an 87-78 loss to the Terrapins in College Park. That game was the first Big Ten game of the season for both teams.
- Maryland shot over 45 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle by 22 but was never able to really pull away from the Buckeyes.
- Ameryst Alston led OSU with 22 points while Kelsey Mitchell chipped-in with 19.
- For Maryland, center Brionna Jones had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 18 points and five boards.
- The second game may have been one of the best games of the 2014-15 season.
- With the Big Ten Tournament title on the line, Maryland jumped out to a 15-point second half lead and was able to hold off a hard charging Buckeye squad for a 77-74 victory.
- The Buckeyes got great play down the stretch from Mitchell, Shayla Cooper and Cait Craft. Craft’s steal and three-pointer with a minute to play cut the Terrapin lead to one at 75-74. After an empty Maryland possession, Mitchell was called for a traveling violation with seven seconds left. Two UM free throws pushed the lead to three and Mitchell’s heave at the buzzer hit the rim but didn’t fall.
- Mitchell made four three-pointers on the night and led all scorers with 31 points while Alexa Hart added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Maryland’s Malina Howard also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- The Buckeyes held Maryland to under 40 percent shooting in the game but were again out-rebounded by 21.