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Maryland visits Ohio State Wednesday for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps Head to #5 Ohio State for Big Ten/ACC Clash

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland travels to Columbus, Ohio for its first road game of the season Wednesday at 6:00 pm as it takes on future Big Ten foe No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is the first meeting between the teams since 1985.The game will be aired live on ESPN.

Watch: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-play), Bob Knight (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terps are tied for the second-most wins in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history since the tournament’s inception in 1999 (Duke-12, Maryland-10, Wake Forest-10, Clemson-9). Maryland also has a tournament-best road mark of 4-1 amongst teams that have played at least four games, defeating Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. last season.

• Winners of four games in a row, Maryland was highly efficient offensively in an 89-62 victory against Morgan State last Friday, shooting 33-of-53 (.623) from the field en route to victory. The team also dished a season-high 26 assists, including six from freshman Roddy Peters.

• Maryland was lights-out from beyond the arc against Morgan State, connecting on 13-of-20 (.650) shots from beyond the arc. It was the first time the Terrapins made 13 3-pointers since they shot 13-of-30 in an overtime victory against North Carolina on Feb. 21, 2009. Jake Layman led the way Friday, knocking down seven 3-pointers for a career-high 27 points.

• Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz has played Ohio State more times (six) than Maryland in its entire history (five). Smotrycz’s Wolverines played the Buckeyes three times in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Last Time Out
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display last Friday when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67-percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond the arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State enters Friday’s contest as one of the nation’s hottest teams, beginning the season 6-0 and climbing into the top-5 in the national rankings. The Buckeyes have dominated opponents, winning by an average margin of 19.6 points.
The Buckeyes are led by standout senior guard Aaron Craft, who earned 2013 First Team All-Big Ten and 2013 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Craft ranks second in the Big Ten in steals (2.5/g) and fourth in assists (5.3). Lenzelle Smith, Jr. leads the Buckeyes with 11.6 ppg, in addition to 4.6 rpg.
Ohio State has played suffocating defense thus far, holding opponents to just 53.3 ppg (2nd in the nation). OSU’s strong defense is coupled with its ability to avoid fouling opponents, ranking first in the Big Ten in fewest fouls (97).

Smotrycz Returns to Columbus
In two years as a player at Michigan, Evan Smotrycz amassed more experience (six games) against Ohio State than Maryland has in its entire history (five games). In six games, including two contests in the Big Ten Tournament, Smotrycz averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes of action. His best performance came on January 12, 2011, when he scored 14 points and added six rebounds in a 68-64 loss.
Smotrycz has found early success in the Maryland system, notching back-to-back double-doubles in his last two performances. He is the first Terrapin to do so since Jordan Williams in 2011. After being named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team last Monday, Smotrycz poured in 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Morgan State.

Lights Out Layman
Sophomore Jake Layman had his best game in a Maryland uniform against Morgan State last Friday, turning in career-high marks in points (27), field goals made (9) and 3-point field goals made (7). Layman shot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 overall in the victory.
The Wrentham, Mass. native has been lethal from 3-point range this season, connecting on an ACC best 3.3/game (23rd nationally). His .511 percentage (23-45) from beyond the arc ranks third in the conference behind Joe Harris (UVA) and Ben Emelogu (VT).

Terps Support Toys for Tots
The Terps have partnered with the UMCP Campus Police and Prince George’s County Police for the Toys for Tots drive. Donation bins will be located outside Gates A, B and Terrapin Trail Garage entrances for the Men’s Basketball game onDecember 14 vs. Florida Atlantic. Fans are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys for boy or girls to the game.

– Maryland –

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Morgan opens hoops season Saturday at Ohio State

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Opponent: No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0)
Site: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Game Time: Noon (ET)
Television: Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-100 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State opens the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Nov. 9th at noon. It will mark the first basketball meeting between the teams. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN).

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes welcomed back 10 veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 29-8 overall record, finished T-2nd in the Big Ten with a 13-5 ledger and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Aaron Craft  and Lenzelle Smith Jr., along with juniors Amir Williams and Sam Thompson started asa  group for the final 26 games of the 2012-13 season. Craft averaged 10.0 points, 2.0 steals and is shot 41 percent from the field. Lenzelle Smith, Jr. posted 9.2 points, with 4.8 rebounds and shot 37 percent from 3-point range a season ago. Thad Matta (Catawba ’75) enters his 10th season as the Buckeyes head men’s basketball coach and he currently holds a 250-70 record, and 352-104 in 13 years of coaching.

LAST TIME OUT
March 16, 2013 — Lamont Middleton scored all 13 of his points in the second half, Austin Witter came up with a big blocked shots and Adrian Powell converted two big free throws to help North Carolina A&T defeat Morgan State, 57-54 in the MEAC Basketball Tournament championship at the Scope Arena. The game was a tightly contested throughout with both teams getting mini runs. Morgan State (17-15) got 20 points fromDeWayne Jackson, a All-MEAC first team selection, and 10 off the bench from Anthony HubbardJustin Black finished with 7 points, while Ian Chiles and Shaquille Duncan added 6 points apiece.

BEARS SET FOR PARADISE JAM
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

ROAD WARRIORS
Morgan State, which played its first 10 games on the road last season, has won 23 of its past 39 games held away from Hill Field House, including a 1-3 mark on neutral courts. The Bears finished 5-10 in true road contests and 0-3 on neutral floors in 2011-12 and posted a 4-4 road conference ledger, which was its worst mark since Todd Bozeman took over the program in 2006. This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

UP NEXT
The Bears will travel cross-town to face the Towson Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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