A humbling season hit its lowest point at the Xfinity Center last season. It was there, on a sunny afternoon in College Park, Maryland, that the Buckeyes were blitzed like they never had been before under coach Thad Matta.


It was a lengthy postgame lecture that followed a 100-65 loss to Maryland, and with good reason. The Buckeyes watched the third-ranked Terrapins shoot 62.7 percent from the floor and lead by as many as 44 points in a game that got out of hand by halftime and marked the worst loss in Matta’s 13 seasons with the program.


Saturday, Ohio State goes back there with a chance to beat its first ranked opponent of the season and, Matta hopes, with a lesson learned.


“Hopefully it taught us that Maryland’s really good,” he said Friday. “I remember that game they could not miss. We had a terrible end to the first half and then it snowballed from there. That is not a game that I like to remember. I haven’t looked at it since then.”


The biggest problem, the Buckeyes said after the game, wasn’t just that they got run off the floor. It was that they came apart when things got tough rather than coming closer together as a team.


Whether they’ve learned their lesson this year is up for debate.


Asked what Ohio State learned from that game, junior guard and Baltimore native Kam Williams said, “Just never stop competing. When something doesn’t go our way, not letting it snowball to a 10-point run or a 15-point run. Just keep executing, play by play on offense and defense.”


The Buckeyes are 0-5 this year against top-25 teams. In their last two seasons, they are 2-12.


Included in there is a 77-71 loss to the Terrapins, then ranked 17th nationally, on Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. Rather than last year’s embarrassment, sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said that’s the Maryland game on his mind.


“Not that loss (last year),” he said. “We do think about the loss here a couple weeks ago. In that game, I felt that we played hard but looking at film we could’ve played better. There was a stretch where we just weren’t clicking as a team. The 50-50 balls, the loose balls, the extraordinary plays we didn’t make, going forward into tomorrow we’ve got to be willing and ready to make those plays because it’s a tough environment there. We need this one.”