To say Maryland struggled in their 76-60 loss to Ohio State would be an understatement. The Terps had no offensive flow, could not get timely stops on defensive and just got outworked by the Aaron Craft-led Buckeyes in Columbus.
There were very few bright sports for the Terps in the game. Leading scorer Jake Layman was nonexistent on both ends of the court. He especially looked lost on the offensive of end. Layman ended the game with 2 points on 1-9 shooting from the floor. Dez Wells struggled mightily in the first half, but responded with a solid second half scoring 17 in the second half.
Maryland has a lot of issues, but the offensive effort tonight was abysmal. The Terps could not get any type of offensive set because of their lack of ball handlers, which led to tough shots. Maryland shot 39.7 percent from field tonight and 2-17 from three. When you cannot get in to any type of offensive you will see those numbers way to often.
The lone bright spot for Mark Turgeon’s squad was sophomore Charles Mitchell. Mitchell played hard and was all over the court each and every minute for the Terps. While other Maryland players played lazy and soft, Mitchell was throwing his body around and outworking opponents. He poured in 12 points and 11 rebounds. He scored a lot of his points off second chance points by playing hard. It was encouraging to see Mitchell and Wells not going down without playing hard.
Mitchell can be an excellent college player. He has good hands, rebounds anything that is remotely close to him, and is a workhorse. He needs to improve his low-post moves and not put the ball on the gorund as much, but Turgeon should be encouraged of Mitchell’s play in an otherwise forgetful game. Once his foul shooting imoproves and he becomes more patient on the block, Mitchell will be a force to reckon with in the ACC.
It was not how Maryland wanted to spend their last ACC-Big 10 challenge as a part of the ACC, but at least there was one positive, and that would be the play of Charles Mitchell tonight.