Hoosiers look forward to rubber match with Terps

  • 03/13/2015 10:20 am in

CHICAGO — Indiana knows its position in regards to the NCAA tournament field. It knows it can improve on it tonight.

Heading into this evening’s game at 6:30 ET against No. 2 seed Maryland (26-5) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, the Hoosiers (20-12) could move themselves off the bubble with a win over the Terrapins.

And with both teams exchanging wins on their home courts this season, it’s a matchup the Hoosiers are excited to have.

“We know the position we’re in,” freshman James Blackmon Jr. said. “We’re not really thinking about it. We know that we can win these games, though, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

In their prior two games against the Terrapins this season, the Hoosiers have had promising performances in each.

The first was an 89-70 drubbing of the Terps in Assembly Hall, a game in which the Hoosiers had their best offensive performance of the Big Ten season — all the while still allowing 1.09 points per possession. The second, in College Park, saw the Hoosiers have the chance to win at the buzzer, only for a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer and put-back to miss.

And if those two games have indicated anything, freshman Emmitt Holt said, it’s that tonight’s game should be an exciting one.

“It’s definitely going to be a fun game, I can tell you that much,” Holt said. “First game was a good game, second game we was right there, didn’t get it. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Hoosiers are aware, though, of the challenge the Terrapins present — especially on such short notice.

Following Thursday’s win over Northwestern, the Hoosiers said they would return to the team hotel and watch film on the Terrapins, their game-planning significantly shortened by the quick turnaround.

And during his press conference on Thursday, Indiana coach Tom Crean said it’s not a matter of stopping just one or two guys on the Terrapins like Dez Wells or Melo Trimble. It’s about game-planning to take away things from them as a whole.

“We’ve got to stop the team,” Crean said. “It’s not about individual match-ups. Obviously those are two very good players, but once you start focusing so much on them, then Jake Layman, Evan Smotrycz, the freshman guards like Wiley and Nickens and Pack, those guys make you pay.”

On Thursday, Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak to earn its 20th win — potentially keeping its NCAA tournament spot as well. The Hoosiers were pleased with just how hard they played in that game.

Tonight, they can win back-to-back games for the first time since their four-game winning streak from Jan. 10 to Jan. 22 and earn another signature win.

But to do just that, Ferrell said, they will have to play even harder.

“We know Maryland is a great team,” he said. “They’ve got great guard, great bigs down low. We’ve just got to go out there and do what we do.”

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  • Hoosier711

    Il be at the United Center for this game. Come on boys show the turtles what a hungry team can do!

  • Kyl470

    They need to stay desperate and come out with extreme on the ball pressure. I know Trimble can drive but make him have to start working hard at it as soon as he crosses half court. Going to need Collin to knock down some 3’s though to pull out their big man.

  • Gregory Spera

    All I’m asking is for the same effort (especially on defense) that they showed yesterday.

  • GaHoosier

    In the paragraph regarding the 89-70 win, you wrote “in Maryland.”

  • Rob Mullins

    Collin Hartman is the key player for us in this one. I want to see the same D pressure we showed last night. This should be a great game

  • Penny Stryzek

    Loved the sharing of the basketball: 19 assists(12 by YF+JBJ). Looked for good shots. Plus fought for the ball after misses. Total team effort. GO IU.

  • Carl Aranilla

    JUST has played the Terms well both occasions….hope third time on a neutral court will be a charm….

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    There can absolutely be no letdown from the way they played against NU. Get a win tonight and start packing bags for the Big Dance for sure.

  • Hoosierkamp

    This is a good matchup for us. Not a post oriented team. Lets go Hoosiers!!!!

  • KmanCRK

    Yogi should be able to match up with Dez Wells. I like Rob John and JBJr to take turns wearing down Melo. Troy should be able to win his battle vs. Layman.

    No reason we can’t win this game if we play with the same intensity & will to win that we played with last night.

  • JT Thomas

    This game is going to go down to the wire I have a feeling! Can anyone give me some info. on HMP and his injury? Big game fellas, LETS GO HOOSIERS!

  • Jordan Littman

    Thanks for catching that. Should be fixed, now!

  • GaHoosier

    You guys do a tremendous job getting these articles out timely and with minimal errors. Which is not true with most social media sites!

  • Hoosier Pride

    Regardless of severity I do not forsee us disclosing that information. The tourney committee does take into account injured players. I think it will be a wait and see if he plays or not, or should be.

  • PBzeer

    This matchup is kinda like the whole last four years…. we know we can win, the question is, will we play that way? That’s what has been most frustrating, knowing the ability is there, but not getting the results.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    i doubt we see HMP till next season, that was a nasty knee twister

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    pick up that D at half court like last night and bust your tails boys, and please no zone!! EH steps up big tonite, IU 74-71

  • Gdaddy

    Chef Yogi is going to be making some turtle soup tonight!

  • KmanCRK

    Under Crean, IU has almost always played its best basketball against the best teams. I like our guys to build on last night and come out swinging.

  • Bk39

    And maryland gets chopped from the tournament!

  • Rick Pearson

    you guys have got the talent you guys have got the ability play hard play hungry play like you havent ate in about 2 weeks both games against this team you all played really look good in the win & was right there at the end to win the second one so please Hoosiers go get this win

  • calbert40

    Agreed. Barring some unforeseen developments (like sub .500 teams winning conference tourneys), I think we are on the right side of the bubble right now. Of course, a win today would take all of the drama out of Selection Sunday, but I think a good showing, especially considering HMP’s injury, is the main requirement. A lousy showing will undo what good we did yesterday.

  • Ole Man

    Not Syracuse…groan.