Bates-Diop powers Ohio State in rout of Maryland

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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).

Three Buckeyes received Preseason All-MIVA accolades to start 2018, highlighted by Nicolas Szerszen as the '18 Preseaon Player of the Year.

"As long as we go in there and play hard and like I said, play well defensively we think we can play with them", Huerter said. The Buckeyes lead ballooned to 22-2 with help from two straight three-pointers from Bates-Diop and Andrew Dakich heating up from there as well.

With that game now firmly in the rearview, Rutgers has shifted focus to Ohio State, who leads the Big Ten with a 47 percent mark from three-point range in conference games, which is significantly better than the second place mark of 41.7 percent by Purdue.

"We're just kind of like, well, we've got some guys hurt so we're kind of feeling sorry for ourselves instead of competing the way we need to compete", Turgeon said.

Sophomore forward Eugene Omoruyi played a stellar defensive game, helping the Knights shut out star forward Miles Bridges in the first half and holding Michigan State to a season-low 59 points in regulation. I'm just saying that with his performance so far this season he should be in contention for the prestigious award. We made some shots tonight that on an average night that we're probably not going to make. "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".

Bates-Diop powers Ohio State in rout of Maryland
Bates-Diop powers Ohio State in rout of Maryland

"I like the fact that we're taking care of the ball".

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. Former head coach Thad Matta said that of all the players that the Buckeyes could afford to lose, the forward would be the last one because he is (and was) that good.

There is not much else to say about this one. It will have one on Monday at MI, but Turgeon is more concerned with ratcheting up his team's energy.

OHIO STATE: At Rutgers on Sunday night. Totals 22-60 17-26 69. MI freshman Isaiah Livers, averaging 4.4 points off the bench, has been in double figures three straight games.

Four players are averaging 11.5 points per game for Ohio State, they are: Bates-Diop (20.0), C.J. Jackson (13.5), Jae'Sean Tate (12.9) and Kaleb Wesson (11.5). Jackson leads in rebounds (8.1) while Cowan tops in assists (4.6) per game.

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