Another night on the road, another win for Ohio State in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes have been good on the road all season, and they just keep getting better, no matter how the game plays out. This time, a 73-65 win at Maryland, wasn’t quite the high-scoring shootout they found themselves in last week at Iowa. But a win is a win in the Big Ten, and Chris Holtmann and Ohio State continue to show they can win in a variety of ways.
The latest win gives the Buckeyes their fifth consecutive road victory in conference play. The newly-minted No. 4 team in the country is still one of the hottest teams in the country.
Kyle Young had a career-high 18 points, Duane Washington helped carry the offensive load with 18 points as well and the Buckeyes tightened up their defense to constrict Maryland, holding the Terrapins to just 40 percent from the floor.
Ohio State (16-4, 10-4 Big Ten) overcame struggles from its best offensive player to win its fifth straight game, and Lettermen Row is breaking down the most recent Buckeyes win with Three Points on how they got it done.
Buckeyes overcome offensive struggles from E.J. Liddell
Leading scorer E.J. Liddell had a tough night on the offensive end. The Terrapins weren’t allowing him to create space or receive the ball in the post, and Liddell just couldn’t seem to find anything offensively. That didn’t matter. The Buckeyes earned a win despite their leading scorer posting just seven points. Kyle Young had 18 points, good for a career high and one of his best nights of the season, notching double-digits for the eighth time this year. Duane Washington just keeps scoring, adding 18 of his own. Justin Ahrens added 11. Seth Towns found a rhythm with two 3-pointers. Eight different Buckeyes players posted at least one assist, and they didn’t turn the ball over enough to hurt them. Even without a high scoring output from their best offensive player, the Buckeyes found a way due to their other scoring weapons.
Buckeyes stay hot from beyond the arc
Ohio State picked up where it left off from last week’s performance, when the Buckeyes hit 14 3-pointers to beat Iowa on the road. Against Maryland on Monday night, the Buckeyes knocked down 10 shots from beyond the arc, including eight of them in the first half, which gave them a five-point advantage at the break. Duane Washington stayed hot from 3-point range. Justin Ahrens buried three 3s. Seth Towns hit two. It certainly helped Ohio State that Maryland was horrible from the floor, shooting just 40 percent on the night and continuing the offensive struggles of its own, but Ohio State knocked down shots — especially in the first half. The Buckeyes are hard to beat on any night, but when they shoot as well as they did against the Terrapins, they become even harder to defend.
Ohio State continues to impress away from home
With the win over Maryland, Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes improve to 7-3 away from the Schottenstein Center this season. Yes, the pandemic has caused empty gyms that have wiped away much of the home-court advantage in college basketball. But the Big Ten is a grind, and the Buckeyes are proving they have the mettle to leave Columbus and come back with wins from anywhere in the league. Four of their seven road wins have come against top-15 opponents, and with a win over Maryland added to that resume of road wins, the Buckeyes are still showing they can leave home and grab a win.