Maryland holds off Indiana 75-69

CHICAGO — This was Indiana’s chance to solidify its NCAA Tournament hopes, a chance that never fully materialized for the Hoosiers.

After a 75-69 loss to Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, IU will rest on its profile to this point, hoping that a resume built on equal parts fine wins and troublesome losses will be enough to get it dancing by Sunday evening.

The Hoosiers will have less than 48 hours to ponder where they stand after falling short in the rubber match against the Terrapins. Yogi Ferrell led IU with 18 points, while Troy Williams added 17.

The game stayed true to the two previous meetings between the programs, an entertaining, up-and-down affair that went down to the final minute.

Williams posted 10 first-half points, including six in a row at one point to help Indiana tie the game at 32-32 with 3:49 remaining in the opening period. Maryland took a 42-40 advantage into halftime and led all the way to the end, holding off a few IU bursts that got the Hoosiers within two points as late as the final 39 seconds of regulation.

Indiana’s problem was its many missed second-half chances. IU shot only 22 percent over the final 20 minutes, while hitting only two of its last 16 shots.

In the two prior meetings, Indiana did a good job of keeping Maryland, one of the nation’s best at drawing contact, from getting to the line. By halftime, the Terps were 11-for-15 at the stripe, much to IU coach Tom Crean’s frustration. Crean flailed around while officials refused to give IU calls on the opposite end, making the Hoosiers fight through traffic and hope their midrange and 3-point shots would fall.

But those shots stopped falling in the second half, as IU shot only 35 percent for the game and watched Maryland convert 25 of its 33 free throw attempts.

Dez Wells scored 22 points for Maryland, going 8-for-9 at the line.

By the end of the night, after the final buzzer sounded, Wells and Williams embraced near center court.

“I’m pulling for you,” Wells appeared to say to Williams as they went separate ways. Indiana knows which way it wants to go. Now, it’s a matter of whether it has done enough to get there.

This story will be updated.

5 comments

  1. IU played “well enough” to win (or maybe Maryland rebounded poorly enough for IU to have the opportunity) so I think they are ‘in’ the NCAA Tournament. They may only be in the “play-in” game at first but win it and IU is in the real part of the tournament. However, considering how poorly they have played recently (and they didn’t shoot very well in the 2nd half tonight) if they don’t get in, then they brought that on themselves. IU wouldn’t have been “robbed” because the bid wasn’t stolen…They squandered it.

  2. Poor 2nd half shooting cost the Hoosiers tonight!! An may cost them an NCAA bid; Hoosiers may be NIT bound or they could stay home like last year!! So at this point who know’s it’s a wait an see moment for Hoosier Nation Fans

  3. Bummer, man. Thought we fought hard against a very good team and played well enough to win. But once again, the shots didn’t fall when we needed them most. That may be the biggest theme of the second half of our season, although defense and rebounding were obviously huge problems too much of the time as well.

    Watching on tape delay again, I fast forwarded through most of the FTs, so I don’t know what happened with this lane violation call. Can somebody please fill me in?

    Other than the the first half turnovers, the Blackmon 3pt attempt on a 1-on-3 break was the only real bone-headed, momentum crushing play I can remember. I get that he was going for the home run to give us our first lead in a long, long time. If it goes in we’re all cheering, but that was unnecessary hero ball that turned out to be the biggest single play of the game to me. Other than that, most of our shots were good attempts that just missed until we got to desperation time. Nothing more you can really say about that. (Although I’m sure somebody will…)

    Now the waiting game begins.

  4. Going back to the first days of Cody/Vic/Jordy, half time has been a downer. Do the teams have to leave the floor for half time?

  5. on the free throw lane violation, williams lined up with his foot 6 inches into the lane, if you can believe that. wtf?!

    i remember a few other “bone-headed” plays. williams made 2 or 3 of the worst passes i have ever seen, wildly missing their mark. yogi dropped an easy pass out of bounds while trying to catch it with one hand.

    please let this loss be enough to fire crean

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