4 storylines for Indiana’s game at Maryland #iubb

1. An East Coast reunion for IU trio. Stan Robinson, Troy Williams and Robert Johnson are going home. Well, sort of. Robinson grew up in Landover, Md., only a handful of miles from No. 19 Maryland’s College Park campus, while Williams and Johnson are Virginia natives who consider the Washington D.C. region home. Johnson is looking forward to playing in front of family and friends, estimating he’ll have 16 or 17 familiar faces in the crowd at jam-packed Xfinity Center. Indiana has spent a great amount of time recruiting the fertile D.C. area during the last few seasons and IU coach Tom Crean said director of basketball administration Jayd Grossman is handling a larger load of ticket requests. “I don’t know if there’s a bounce in Jayd’s step going through all that, but there will be a bounce in those guys’ steps I’m sure.”

2. Does the rematch belong to Ferrell or Trimble? The first matchup appeared to be a showdown between star point guards Yogi Ferrell and Melo Trimble of Maryland. Only Ferrell held his end of the bargain. Ferrell torched the Terps, scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, tying his career high with seven 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Trimble managed only 10 points and appeared rattled by the loud and frenzied atmosphere at Assembly Hall. Over his last five games — the IU game included — Trimble hasn’t hurt teams with the same consistency he showed earlier in the year. He scored 20 points at Iowa on Sunday, but combined for only seven during the previous two games against Ohio State and Penn State.

3. IU will continue to work Mosquera-Perea back into its rotation. Crean said Tuesday that he’s unsure what kind of minute limit Hanner Mosquera-Perea will have against Maryland after playing only four minutes on Sunday against Michigan. But the IU coach isn’t worried so much about the quantity of minutes as he is the quality of minutes. Prior to his injury, Mosquera-Perea developed an ugly penchant for picking up a succession of quick fouls in the opening minutes. Coming off the bench, the question is how quickly can he establish himself in the flow of the game and exude a positive effect rather than the opposite. “Just kind of get him back in the rhythm of that,” Crean said, “but at the same time be a presence in pick and roll defense, be a presence in the post, be a presence at the rim, be a presence in help defense, run the floor, get people open, get the ball free inside so he can go up and do his jump up, things like that.”

4. This is Indiana’s last marquee road game of the season. After tonight, the road to the postseason becomes much smoother for the Hoosiers, who close the season with four of their final six games at Assembly Hall. Their only other road contests come at Northwestern and Rutgers — hardly the kinds of atmospheres that suffocate an opponent. Maryland will be looking to return the beatdown Indiana placed on the Terps in Bloomington Jan. 22, but it has hardly been a lights-out home team as of late. The Terps are 14-1 in College Park this season but they haven’t dominated teams at Xfinity Center this year, or really at any point in the first four seasons under Mark Turgeon. Rutgers, Northwestern and Penn State have each given Maryland some trouble on its home court this season. If Indiana plays well — especially with a strong start — it could be in position to steal a key road victory.