Ohio State’s basketball program earned its most important win of the season on Sunday when it defeated Maryland. Following the game, Mark Turgeon had a few controversial comments to make about Buckeyes forward Kaleb Wesson.
Turgeon thought the referees allowed Wesson to get way too physical with the Terrapins. He went as far as to call him Wesson a “bully.” Even a few days after the team’s loss to the Buckeyes, Turgeon was still talking about the way the game was officiated.
After listening to Turgeon blast the officials and call Wesson a “bully” for a couple of days, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann finally stepped in. During a press conference on Wednesday, he fired back at Maryland’s head coach.
“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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The reason that Holtmann felt the need to talk about Turgeon was because he felt his player was being attacked.
Holtmann said that no player has been scrutinized more in terms of officiating than Wesson.
Maryland will have to move past its loss to Ohio State, as it will face Minnesota on the road tonight.
Hopefully, the Buckeyes and Terrapins meet again in the Big Ten Tournament.