A week ago, after Maryland men's basketball's shellacking at Michigan State, guard Anthony Cowan said Spartans players who weren't even on the Terps' scouting report were making 3-pointers.
It was likely a familiar feeling for the Terps when Ohio State guard Andrew Dakich, who entered Thursday averaging 3.2 points per game, yelled and flailed his arms early in Maryland's 91-69 loss to the Buckeyes, celebrating his 11 first-half points.
Like Michigan State, the Buckeyes used lights-out 3-point shooting and key reserves to tear apart a battered Maryland (14-5, 3-3 Big Ten) team and secure a blowout win.
Maryland led, 22-15, before its offense disappeared and the Buckeyes (14-4, 5-0) caught fire. Ohio State went on a 22-2 run and made six of their last eight 3-pointers entering intermission. The Terps, meanwhile, shot 36.7 percent in the first half despite starting 5-for-6.
Forward Keita Bates-Diop, the Big Ten's leading scorer, notched a game-high 26 points and shot 6-for-8 from long distance. Center Michal Cekovsky led the Terps with 18 points.
The Terps, in a season marred by injuries, traveled to Columbus thinner than they've been all season.
Already without forwards Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender, guard Dion Wiley suffered a concussion during Maryland's 91-73 win over Iowa on Sunday, leaving coach Mark Turgeon with just eight scholarship players available against the Buckeyes.
It took fewer than eight minutes Thursday for all eight of those players to play. The injuries also forced Maryland to utilize a zone defense, a strategy Turgeon rarely uses.
Ohio State feasted on Maryland's perimeter defense, maintaining the level of play that led to its 80-64 upset over the Spartans on Sunday, as the Buckeyes are one of two remaining undefeated teams in Big Ten play.
Ohio State shot 58.6 percent on 29 3-point attempts, continuing to take advantage of the Terps' poor perimeter defense after Michigan State made 57.1 percent on its 28 triples.
In both cases, Maryland's offense couldn't keep up, never pulling within single digits in the second half.
After beating Iowa, guard Darryl Morsell said the team knows "anybody could beat anybody on any given night."
But the Terps have lost all three of their games against conference foes who were above them in the standings entering Thursday, creating doubt about the ceiling of a team picked to tie for fifth in the Big Ten preseason poll.