Ohio State, Chris Holtmann Respond To Maryland’s Claims
Ohio State and Chris Holtmann responded to Maryland’s claims of being robbed of a victory by poor officiating this past Sunday afternoon.
The Buckeyes and Terrapins squared off last weekend and the game ended in somewhat controversial fashion. After Ohio State escaped with a 79-72 victory, the losing team’s head coach, Mark Turgeon, blasted the refereeing. He also had some harsh words for Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson.
In Turgeon’s estimation, Wesson was permitted to get way too physical with Maryland. He referred to the youngster as a “bully” and continued to make similar comments in subsequent days.
Finally, on Wednesday, Hotmann reached his limit. After hearing Turgeon bash his player and team for days, he decided to respond accordingly.
“I continue to take issue with the comments — I have a ton of respect for Mark and the Maryland program — but I continue to take issue with the way he characterized Kaleb’s play,” Holtmann said.
“I just think it’s inappropriate. I’ve never seen this much conversation after a loss.”
Chris Holtmann brings up Mark Turgeon’s comments on Kaleb Wesson to end his press conference: “I continue to take issue with the way he characterized Kaleb’s play. I think it’s inappropriate. I’ve never seen this much conversation after a loss.” pic.twitter.com/FnUQViN9u2
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Holtmann’s response is clearly the direct byproduct of feeling like his player was being needlessly attacked.
Furthermore, the Ohio State coach also noted that he did not think any single player around had been under more scrutiny as it pertains to officiating than Wesson.
Given how much tension there is between these two programs, it will be interesting to see if they meet again when the Big Ten Tournament rolls around.