Bates-Diop's exclusion from the Wooden Award watch list seems as though the voters haven't paid much attention to Ohio State this season, a program that has already exceeded expectation so far this season. After a convincing win against the Iowa Hawkeyes 91-73, they were faced with a chance to build some momentum in Big Ten Conference basketball play with a win against Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten).
Ohio State led at the half 44-32 behind Bates-Diop's 12 points and four rebounds and Dakich's 11 points off the bench.
Maryland ranks 168th in three pointers allowed per game (22.9) while Ohio State ranks 226th (24.9).
Maryland has had the pleasure of playing at home in eight of its last 10 games at the Xfinity Center and in order to go into Ohio State and defeat the Buckeyes, the Terps must stick to limiting Ohio State offensively in order to come out with a victory. To say that the redshirt junior has done just that would be an understatement. "I think that's unrealistic". "I thought he did a great job and Chris, he left him something nice to work with and he has done a good job with that".
Through the first 50 seasons of Ohio State University Men's Volleyball, calling St. John Arena home throughout, the Buckeyes acquired a home record of 543-103.
The roster was thin in the summer when Holtmann replaced 13-year coach Thad Matta, and the Buckeyes were expected to limp through a disappointing season. I recruited him, I liked him as a freshman, I really did.
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He posted a video of himself with the caption, "One more".
MARYLAND: At Michigan on Monday night.
The 6-foot-4 guard out of Oxon Hill, Maryland, has been averaging 20 minutes per game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from the three-point arc. The starting lineup of Keita Bates-Diop, C.J. Jackson, Jae'Sean Tate, Kaleb Wesson and Kam Williams was outscored 11-8 in the first 5:43 before Holtmann made his first two changes, bringing in Micah Potter for Wesson and Andrew Dakich for Williams.
Containing Bates-Diop will be key to beating the Buckeyes on Sunday, but Rutgers will need every bit of its Big Ten-leading three-point defense and a better offensive output for a realistic shot at upsetting the hottest team in the conference.
ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE: No. 11 Maryland (15-2, 4-0) is the only team in the country with seven players averaging in double figures: Kaila Charles (17.6), Blair Watson (13.8), Ieshia Small (12.1), Stephanie Jones (11.6), Eleanna Christinaki (11.4), Kristen Confroy (10.5) and Brianna Fraser (10.3). Jackson leads in rebounds (8.1) while Cowan tops in assists (4.6) per game.
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The duo continued to punish the the Pakistan bowlers with Guptill reaching his fifty with a six. Speedster Lockie Ferguson was also a major contributor with 3-39 from 10 overs.