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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes basketball earns huge win over Maryland

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Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes celebrated a huge win over Maryland on Sunday. (Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes basketball earns huge win over Maryland

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Buckeyes basketball earns huge win over Maryland

Ohio State earned a huge win it can now hang its hat on for an NCAA Tournament resume.

Missing the NCAA Tournament was never truly in the cards for the Buckeyes. Numbers that matter to the selection committee still favor Chris Holtmann’s team, even after the rough patch of January. Now, it’s been about seeding and resume. And the Buckeyes earned a huge win for their resume.

Luther Muhammad scored 22 points to lead the Buckeyes to a 79-72 victory over No. 7 Maryland inside the Schottenstein Center on Sunday afternoon. The win is their biggest since mid-December. Both Wessons had double-digit efforts for Ohio State, as well.

The Buckeyes looked like they did in November and December — when they were No. 2 in the country and considered a Final Four-caliber team. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 18-9 and 8-8 in conference play. Maryland drops to 22-5 and 12-4 in Big Ten play. Ohio State now sits in a tie for ninth place in the Big Ten standings.

The Buckeyes will be back in action to face Nebraska on the road Thursday.

Buckeyes hoping to set up key visitor

Jason Onye is one of the most talented defensive ends in the 2021 class, and the rising star from Rhode Island likes what he sees from the Buckeyes. The two parties have been in contact for some time, and Onye is hoping to come to Columbus for a visit in the coming months of spring. The Buckeyes would likely love to host a talented prospect like Onye for a visit. Our very own Birm talked to Onye to break down where he is with his recruitment.

Part of it can be found here:

Ohio State though has not yet offered Onye as it continues to get to know the 3-star prospect and build its relationship with him. The nation’s No. 27-ranked weakside defensive end is raw but athletic and the Buckeyes — who likely need three defensive ends in the Class of 2021 — are going to be sure he’s the right fit before extending that offer. Still, Onye says the conversations with Ohio State are something he relishes.

“Talking to the Ohio State staff is always a highlight for me,” he said. “I like how they’re honest and upfront with what they see in me. They’re high up there relationship-wise with me.

“Coach Johnson said he doesn’t want to just fill his room with defensive ends and wants to make sure if he is to make an offer, it would benefit me and be in my best interest and allow me to play there.”

The top-ranked prospect in Rhode Island is sure to have a busy spring with visits around the country and he says that Ohio State is one of the places he’s hoping to get back to.

Read the full story, along with other recruiting tidbits here.

Cardale Jones, Defenders fall for first time

Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and the DC Defenders are no longer undefeated.

The Defenders were trounced Sunday against the Los Angeles Wildcats, who won 39-9. Jones had his worst game of the season for the Defenders, throwing four interceptions. Jones completed 13 passes for 103 yards, but he failed to throw a touchdown pass.

All three former Buckeyes for the Defenders will have to regroup before next week’s game against Tampa Bay.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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