Turgeon’s Post Game Presser
My Take—Turge was commenting on missing 3 key men last night as well as Ceko, Bruno, and the coach himself were on antibiotics. It was clear that something was amiss with Bruno and it was his health. Turge now faces a huge challenge for the rest of the year. But the Terps are 3-3 in conference. Remaing home games are with Minnesota who also has lost key contributors, Rutgers whose future looks bright, Wisconsin–a total mess right now, Michigan, Sparty, and Northwestern–off to a horrible start.
One again the Terps hung tough early but missing another outside threat (Dion Wiley) allowed ferocious double team defense on Huerter and Cowan. Very sorry that the Terps don’t get a crack at this team at home.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Keita Bates-Diop was 6 for 8 from beyond the 3-point line and totaled 26 points in leading Ohio State to a 91-69 rout of Maryland on Thursday night.
Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten) battled back from a seven-point deficit in the first half, took a 24-22 lead with a Tate dunk with 7:25 left in the frame and cruised from there, leading by as many as 28 points in the second half.
Bates-Diop continued his torrid streak after putting up 27 points against Iowa on Jan. 4, and a 32-point performance against Michigan State that earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Ohio State has won four straight and nine of the last 10.
Michal Cekovsky, at 7-foot-1, used took his height advantage inside to lead the Terrapins with 18 points.
Maryland has lost its two lead power forwards and a key reserve – accounting for about 19 points per game – to season-ending injuries in the past two weeks.
The Buckeyes led 44-32 at the half on the strength of a 22-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers from Andrew Dakich and a pair from Bates-Diop.
Maryland: Had won eight of the last nine entering the game but caught Ohio State on a hot streak. The Terps really missed their three forwards who are out with injuries.
Ohio State: Bates-Diop is having a breakout season and getting lots of help from talented players around him.
Maryland: At Michigan on Monday night.
Ohio State: At Rutgers on Sunday night.