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tBBC MBB: Ohio State Edged by Maryland, 66-61

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Jan 31, 2016.

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    MBB: Ohio State Edged by Maryland, 66-61
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Thad is as perplexed by his team’s free throw shooting as we are.

    Ohio State couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn Sunday afternoon and dropped a very winnable game against #8 Maryland, 66-61. Their horrific field goal shooting (35%, 21-59) was outdone only by their inexcusable free throw shooting (58%, 14-24). They did have other aspects of the game that were respectable such as committing only 8 turnovers. That’s pretty decent ball handling. They also came up with 35 rebounds, 13 of them offensive. For the Buckeyes, that’s pretty decent offensive rebounding (they average 10 per game). But when you miss as many shots that Ohio State did, you’d expect an uptick in offensive rebounding.

    The Buckeyes had one player in double figures, Jae’Sean Tate, who scored 16 points. Jae’Sean also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. All in all a fairly productive line score. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much help. In the first half, Loving, Williams, Lyle, Bell, and Mitchell combined to go 0-10 from the field. Loving did make 2-3 free throws. The only points from the bench in the 1st half were Trevor Thompson’s 2 free throws. So, these players combined for 44 minutes, of 100 minutes of game time and contributed 4 points. That is just excruciatingly bad.

    Meanwhile for the game, the Terrapins were 42% (21-50) from the field, 25% (4-16) from 3-pt range and 87% (20-23) from the line. They grabbed 41 rebounds, 10 of them offensive and committed 13 turnovers. Maryland had four players in double figures: Melo Trimble (20 pts), Jake Layman (16, also 10 rbs) , Diamond Stone (10) and Robert Carter (10).

    1st Half

    Ohio State started out well, in stark contrast to their earlier game between the two teams. In fact, the Buckeyes held the lead (or were tied) until a Robert Carter layup with 4:28 remaining gave UM their first lead, 29-27. However, over the last two minutes of the half, Maryland outscored Oho State 6-0 to take a 37-31 halftime lead. During this stretch, OSU had 2 missed shots, 1 turnover and 1 missed FT. The opportunities were there… Three possessions and nothing to show for them,

    2nd Half

    The 2nd half proceeded with repeated “trading of the field goals” with the occasional Ft tossed in as Ohio State crept back into the game, finally forging a tie (48 apiece) at the 6:55 mark. In fact, the Buckeyes briefly held the lead for a minute or so until 2 free throws by Melo Trimble gave Maryland the lead for good, at 52-51.

    Aside from the inept offense of Ohio State, one play did stick out to me and it featured tBBC Favorite, Jae’Sean Tate. With OSU trailing 64-58 with less than 15 seconds remaining, Tate took a front court inbounds pass, edged up to just outside of the 3-pt arc and made the shot to pull OSU within 3 points. It wasn’t the Fg that impressed me (although it was good in its own right) but Tate’s play immediately after the shot. As soon as the ball left Jae’Sean’s hand he headed towards the basket for a possible offensive rebound! His sense of game and ball situation continue to impress me.

    The annoying thing about this game is that, despite how poorly OSU shot the ball, this was a winnable game against a Top Ten team who had taken them to the woodshed two weeks previous. The team made progress in ball handling and in rebounding. At least Thad has those components to build upon this week and work upon in practice. And, free throw shooting.

    The Buckeyes next game is Thursday at @ 7:00 PM ET when they travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin. This will be the only time these teams meet this season. You can watch the game on ESPN and/or listen to it on 97.1. Go Buckeyes!

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