COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It’s too early for “to-win” games, but it would certainly help Indiana’s chances of earning an NCAA Tournament berth and staying in contention in the Big Ten if the Hoosiers can pick up a win here against Maryland on Saturday.
Indiana is 15-5, 6-4 in the Big Ten, and no one else in the league has more than seven wins. So getting a road win here would be great, despite Indiana being just 1-4 in real road games this season.
The game begins at 2:30 p.m. ET and is televised on FOX. Here’s how to watch, with all your pre-game details. CLICK HERE
Indiana opened as a 1.5-point favorite in the game, which was somewhat surprising given the Hoosiers’ road record this season and how hot Maryland has been lately. The Terps were impressive beating Illinois and Rutgers this week.
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3:40 p.m. – Indiana opens the second half with a three-pointer from Miller Kopp and a nice little floater from Race Thompson to take a 38-28 lead. Maryland responds with a three, but them Kopp hits another. Indiana leads 41-31.
MORE STATS: Maryland is just 9 of 31 (29%) shooting and remember the Terps made their first three shots. They are just 4 for 15 out of three and made the top two. Great Indiana defensive effort. Essentially held them to 18 points in the final 18 minutes.
HALFTIME STATS: Indiana is just 1-for-9 from three-point range and 12-for-22 from inside the arc. Perfect from the line (6-6), and the points all go inside. Trayce Jackson-Davis has 12 points, Race Thompson has seven points with the lone three and Jordan Geronimo has six.
3:24 p.m. – Halftime ends with an emphatic dunk from Trayce Jackson-Davis just before the buzzer, and Indiana takes the corner with a 33-26 lead. They had a 13-0 run early and a 10-0 run to end the half.
3:22 p.m. – Xavier Johnson knocks down two free throws and Indiana leads 31-26. The Hoosiers are 6 for 6 from the foul line so far today.
3:15 p.m. – Finally got to a media time out there after a lot of action. Trey Galloway is his usual active self and he ends a break with a dunk. He has four points, an assist and an interception in a good 12 minutes. Indiana leads 27-26.
3:06 p.m. – With Maryland returning ahead, Xavier Johnson and Trayce Jackson-Davis return. Indiana gets a bucket right away from Race Thompson, and the Parker Stewart also returns.
3:05 p.m. – With Xavier Johnson out, Maryland decides to press and forces a turnover on a difficult pass from Trey Galloway to Tamar Bates which he falters and loses. Maryland responds with a three, then Lander commits his second foul. That’s two fouls in just 2 minutes and 42 seconds.
3:03 – Jordan Geronimo has been very active on the glass so far. Two offensive rebounds that lead to baskets. Race Thompson returns for Indiana, and Xavier Johnson also gets a hit, with Khristian Lander in his place.
2:59 p.m. – The Indiana defense was very active after this first barrage. They already have four blocked shots. Unable to get the ball inbounds, so Trey Galloway calls a timeout.
2:54 p.m. — Indiana’s run reaches 13 points before Maryland point guard Fatts Russell hits a three. Jordan Geronimo dunks at the other end for the Hoosiers, and Danny Manning calls time out. Indiana leads 15-11 with 11:22 to go. Tamar “Scoop” Bates for Indiana now. Xavier Johnson and Trayce Jackson-Davis still on the floor.
2:49 p.m. – Indiana responds with its own long streak. The Hoosiers have scored 11 in a row and now lead 11-8. An excellent answer. Trey Galloway is the first Indiana replacement to get Parker Stewart. Jordan Geronimo is next, replacing Race Thompson.
2:43 p.m. – We are at the first media timeout and Indiana has returned to the game. It’s 8-4 Maryland now.
2:35 p.m. – Indiana gets good inside looks from Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson for starters, but both miss. Maryland wants three and gets two immediately. It’s already 8-0 in Maryland.
2:20 p.m. – Same starters for Indiana, with Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Miller Kopp, Xavier Johnson and Parker Stewart getting the call from coach Mike Woodson. They’ve started 20 of 21 games, with only Stewart missing one. Here we are!
2:10 p.m. – We have a Tamar “Scoop” Bates on this Indiana team, and now we have Rob “Scooter” Phinisee. The senior guard is out with a foot injury (plantar fasciitis) but he made the trip and is using a scooter. Here is a photo of the warm-ups.
2:05 p.m. — Indiana is first in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation in field goal defense percentage (37.7%). The Hoosiers also lead the league in scoring defense (63.4) overall and in conference (64.7). But they will be without guard Rob Phinisee (foot) on Saturday, and he is one of the Hoosiers’ best perimeter defensemen.
1:59 p.m. — Trayce Jackson Davis had 15 points against Penn State on Sunday, and now sits at 1,317 career points, good for 30th place all-time. Jordan Hulls is next at 1,318. For the full list of 1,000-point scorers, CLICK HERE
1:50 p.m. — Indiana has no idea what it’s like to go to College Park and win, which is incredible. They are 0-6 overall. Two of the losses date back to forever – 1933 and 1934 – but the last four have come since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014.
1:45 p.m. — Indiana point guard Xavier Johnson grew up in Woodbridge, Va., just 30 miles from College Park. Both are suburbs of Washington, DC. Johnson will have lots of friends and family at Saturday’s game.
Indiana Basketball Related Stories
- HOW TO WATCH: Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Indiana’s game at Maryland on Saturday, with info on time of play and TV, starting lineups and bios and all sorts of news nuggets. . CLICK HERE
- FAVORITE INDIANA: Indiana has struggled to win a game on the road for the past few years and finally snapped an eight-game losing streak two weeks ago. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the Hoosiers are a slight favorite in Maryland on Saturday, especially since the Terrapins have been playing well lately. Here’s the latest point spread information and a full season history for both teams compared to the number. CLICK HERE
- PHINISEE EXIT WITH FOOT INJURY: Indiana senior guard Rob Phinisee injured his foot Wednesday and is suffering from plantar fasciitis. He will miss Saturday’s game at Maryland, and with Khristian Lander still ill, coach Mike Woodson may have to look for alternatives at point guard behind Xavier Johnson. CLICK HERE
- INDIANA TOPS PENN STATE: Indiana came out of the gates blazing and earned an easy 74-57 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall, earning their 15th victory of the year. CLICK HERE