Snapshot: How Maryland was lost

There are always a variety of plays in a game that can push the outcome in one direction or another, but I focused on five during the final six minutes on Wednesday night at Maryland that really stuck out.

(1) The first was when Maryland’s Dez Wells missed the second of two free throws at the 5:55. While Hanner Mosquera-Perea is blocking out hard on the far side of the lane, notice Troy Williams fails to get a body on anyone on the left block.
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The ball caroms off the back of the rim and over Williams’ head to Jake Layman, who easily got position on James Blackmon Jr. Blackmon did little to pinch down on Layman or fight him for position either.
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After Layman kicks the ball out, Williams doesn’t know who he’s guarding, choosing to focus on the man he failed to block out, Layman, even though Robert Johnson is already defending him. Meanwhile, Jared Nickens is already in the far corner unguarded, just waiting for his teammates to swing the ball.
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Maryland eventually gets the ball to Nickens for a wide-open 3 that Perea’s late challenge could do nothing to discourage, while Troy Williams never left the lane.
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(2) Despite falling behind by six points at 57-51, Indiana responds with a Robert Johnson 3-pointer, then forces a Maryland turnover. Stan Robinson pushes the ball in transition and has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal as he hits the top of the key. Perea wants the lob at the rim, Blackmon is in the left corner and Johnson is on the left wing with Yogi Ferrell trailing.
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Robinson opts to drop the pass to Johnson, who slid up the wing behind Dez Wells for another wide-open 3-point look, while Perea was in prime position for the offensive rebound.
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With Johnson’s shot in the air, Perea gets bear-hugged by Damonte Dodd, no call, which had the whistle blown and Johnson made the 3, could’ve been a huge possession.
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Unfortunately for Perea, the ball hits the back of the rim and kicks right (ball circled in yellow) along the baseline instead of bouncing straight up in the air, allowing Maryland to track down the rebound. The fact Yogi Ferrell banked in a 3 to tie on the next IU possession only made this miss more costly.
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(3) Indiana took a brief 61-59 lead, but Dez Wells’ runner tied it at 61 with 1:38 left. However, the Hoosiers inbounded quickly, and Robert Johnson saw Collin Hartman get behind the defense on a rim run.
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The Terps couldn’t recover quick enough to significantly challenge Hartman, but his pregame, layup line left-handed attempted rolled off the front of the rim, preventing Indiana from continuing to put all the game pressure on Maryland.
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(4) Maryland took a 63-61 lead on the possession after Hartman’s miss, but Indiana had a chance to take it right back, as Yogi Ferrell drives the right side of the lane and draws essentially four defenders, leaving Blackmon open in the corner.
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Blackmon’s look at a 3 is as clean as you could ask for, but the result is offline, again, during a 2-of-14 shooting night for the freshman.
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Still, the shot came early enough that there was more than an eight-second differential from shot clock to game clock, giving Indiana the chance to play for a stop and score. Blackmon, however, opted to foul Melo Trimble after a total of 14 seconds ran off the clock between Blackmon’s miss and the foul. It was unclear on the broadcast if the decision to foul came from the bench or not.
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(5) You could debate the strategy, but Indiana ultimately ended up where it wanted to be when Blackmon fouled, with the ball and down two. For the last play, the Maryland defenders formed a line around the 3-point arc, completely disregarding Williams as he cut baseline under the basket.
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Despite being wide-open, Williams never raised his hand or asked for the ball, indicating that the play was really designed for Yogi to either shoot or kick, with the Hoosiers playing for the win, not the tie. And Ferrell created plenty of space to get his shot off, as good a look as you could ask for under the circumstances.
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The shot came off the back of the rim and squirted through the hands of two Terps right to Ferrell at the free-throw line, but the other Hoosiers crashed the glass, too, leaving only Robert Johnson standing outside the arc, but not at a good angle for Ferrell to see him or make a pass. That meant Ferrell had little choice but to put up a shot himself, again not a bad shot for the tie but off-balance, sending Indiana home with a loss.
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