If there was any doubt about how Maryland would respond after dropping its first Big Ten contest of the season, the Terps erased it all after drubbing Ohio State 100-65.
So much for the wheels coming off after a shocking 70-67 loss to the Wolverines on Wednesday night. Instead, the Terps boat-raced the visiting Buckeyes squad that was nearly as hot as Maryland was before its loss earlier this week.
Ohio State came in having won eight of their last nine and included a win over Kentucky in that streak. The Buckeyes were winners of four of their first five Big Ten contests as well, but the record appears a bit more deceiving.
That brings us to the bigger question at hand… Just how big of a statement was this win?
Numbers just simply won’t lie in this one.
The Terps built an 18-point lead at halftime, going up 48-30. It then poured it on from there, leading by 30 with 16 minutes to play (63-33) and 40 with 11 minutes to go (77-37).
OSU came out poor on both ends of the court, shooting 1 of 13 from the field to start the second half and allowing Maryland to shoot 11 of 15 to build a 42-point lead with 10 minutes to play.
That was simply embarrassing for the Buckeyes, but it wasn’t just cold shooting either. Credit the Terps for some very hard work on the defensive end of the court as well.
Maryland frustrated the outside shooting effort of OSU, forcing them in to a 3 of 12 night from beyond the arc and countering with an impressive 11 of 21 effort of its own.
It was the first time since 2012 that a Maryland team put up 100 or more points on an opponent, and continue a streak of not losing two in a row since the 2012-13 season as well.
Most importantly, the Terps did it without much from star guard Melo Trimble, who had eight points on 2 of 5 shooting from the field.
Instead, former Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr. poured in a career-high 25 points and former Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon added a season-best 22.
Carter and Sulaimon weren’t just jacking up shots either, instead the pair of transfers were lethal with their shots. Carter finished the game 10 of 13 from the field and Sulaimon was a crazy 9 of 10 on his own.
Star freshman center Diamond Stone came off the bench and added 15 points to the effort. He was also a massive catalyst in blowing open the game, as his three-point play ripped open a close game early in the first half and started a 13-4 run that eventually led to the blowout.
Things were so in hand that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon emptied out the bench with 7 minutes remaining and the score 91-47.
From start to finish, Maryland put on a clinic against one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. If that doesn’t impress, not much else will this 2015-16 college basketball season.