The NCAA basketball 2013 live stream and televised doubleheader on Wednesday, Dec. 4 will feature two of the top five teams in the current rankings on display as they look to improve their records. It's still early in the season, but the Ohio State Buckeyes are the #5 overall team and will look to climb higher. On Wednesday, they'll host the Maryland Terrapins as part of the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge games, which are among the televised and live stream NCAA basketball games presented by ESPN.
According to ESPN.com in their Dec. 4 game report, these two teams haven’t met in nearly three decades. However, they’ll get together as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night, with the game to be held in Columbus. Ironically, the Maryland Terrapins, who will represent the ACC tonight, will be leaving the conference to join Ohio State’s conference, the Big Ten, next season.
Ohio State comes into this matchup at 6-0 overall, while Maryland is 5-2. However, over the course of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Buckeyes are just 6-6 compared to the Terrapins’ 10-4 mark. That has them tied with Wake Forest for second-most wins in the challenge behind the Duke Blue Devils.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said of tonight’s challenge for his team:
"I like to think we'll be pretty focused and dialed in. It will be a pretty tough game obviously, but I feel better about our team than I did a week ago."
Ohio State will be led by Amir Williams, who is currently averaging 11.3 points a game and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Aaron Craft is also average 11.3 points per game for the season and leads the team in both assists and steals. However, as a team they are struggling in most categories, ranked 100th or lower in points per game, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage. Among Ohio State’s wins has been a 52-35 route of then No.17 team Marquette on the Golden Eagles’ home floor nonetheless. Aaron Craft led the way with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists, so look for the senior guard to achieve a similar performance tonight if the Buckeyes are to win.
The Terrapins have won four straight games now, winning the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands before this contest. However, of their two losses, one came in their first game of the season against the only other ranked opponent they’ve played so far, the Connecticut Huskies. In addition, they lost two games later to the Oregon State Beavers, 90-83. Maryland doesn’t rank much better than the Buckeyes in the statistical categories, with the exception of rebounding. The Terrapins are 53rd in that category with 39.9 a game. Evan Smotrycz and Charles Mitchell are combing for over 14 boards a game right now, with sophomore Jake Layman leading the team in scoring.
Odds makers have made Ohio State a heavy favorite in tonight’s game. The Buckeyes come into this game favored by 10 1/2 points at most sports books, after opening at 10 points. The over/under for the game is set at a total of 134 points at various books. There’s no notable injuries listed as of this report.
Wednesday night's Maryland vs. Ohio State game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ESPN will televise the game for cable and satellite TV viewers in standard and hi-definition. Additionally, ESPN's broadband sports network, WatchESPN will show live streaming online coverage of this game. The service is available to customers of participating cable and satellite companies. See more info at WatchESPN for how to watch this game online.