It will be the Big Ten’s first home game in three weeks on Sunday for No. 16 Ohio State as they host Maryland in the first of two games between conference opponents this regular season. The Buckeyes (13-5, 6-3 Big Ten) are looking to remain a factor in the Big Ten title chase but will have their hands full with a tougher Maryland team than their record suggests.
Not much this season has gone to plan for the Terrapins (11-11, 3-8), who play under interim coach Danny Manning after Mark Turgeon left in early December. But despite being squarely outside the NCAA Tournament picture, the Terrapins are still very capable and only a few losses away from having a very different outlook.
A 65-63 loss to No. 13 Michigan State on Tuesday illustrated how the Terps can be a thorn in the side of anyone in the league on any given night with proven veterans like Eric Ayala, Donta Scott, Fatts Russell and Hakim Hart in the front row.
The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are playing for the first time in a week after a dramatic 81-78 loss at Purdue last Sunday. Ohio State’s game against Iowa scheduled for Thursday was postponed due to travel issues for the Hawkeyes in poor weather conditions. With a 9-0 record at Value City Arena this season, the Buckeyes are tough at home.
How to watch Ohio State vs. Maryland live
Dated: Sunday February 6 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Value City Arena — Columbus, Ohio
TV: SCS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app
Prediction Ohio State vs Maryland, picks
With Big Ten Player of the Year nominee EJ Liddell leading the charge, Ohio State is one of the strongest offensive teams in the nation, and the Buckeyes should be able to score at an effective pace at home against the midfield defense. Maryland. Look for the Buckeyes to keep the offensive pace they found in the second half of a narrow loss at Purdue last Sunday and cruise to a double-digit victory. Maryland is competitive and capable, but it’s hard to imagine these Terrapins being the first to beat Ohio State at Value City Arena this season. Prediction: Ohio State 80, Maryland 67
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