At the Buzzer: Indiana 80, Maryland 62

  • 03/06/2016 6:44 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 80-62 win over Maryland:

How it happened: Tom Crean told his team in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 81-78 win at Iowa that this group wasn’t going to allow its senior walk out of Assembly Hall for the last time without their heads held high. Indiana made good on Crean’s declaration on Sunday afternoon. After a slow start in which Maryland knocked the Hoosiers back on their heels and opened up eight point lead, Indiana kicked things into high gear in the regular season finale. The ball moved, the Hoosiers made several ridiculous plays and the result was a mauling of a team that has been ranked in the top 10 for most of the regular season. The win capped an undefeated season for IU at Assembly Hall and a 15-3 conference record. Indiana not only won the Big Ten, but the Hoosiers won it by two games.

Standout performer: It was quite the afternoon for junior Troy Williams, who helped Indiana extend its 11-point halftime lead early in the second half by relentlessly attacking the basket in transition. Williams finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s defense limited Maryland to just .98 points per possession, the 12th time the Hoosiers held a Big Ten opponent under one point per possession in league play. As good as IU was on offense all season in league play, the defense was what allowed this group to win the Big Ten crown.

Final stats:

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  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    I’ve been critical of CTC during his time at IU, but I feel I have never been unfair…….this man did one heck of a job this year getting these boys to buy into playing as a single unit on both ends of the floor. We saw growth from this team this year in areas that were weak early on and now we have reversed the trend of faltering late and are peaking at the right time! Great job Coach! Go Hoosiers!

  • Bill Graham

    I feel like we match up better against the toiletmakers. We have the length to keep them at bay (especially when they rotate their 5s) and their guards aren’t very good.

  • Fifer39

    Ha, ha. I had a foul to give! I see what you’re saying – gonna be great to watch him develop.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Buzzkill! Ha – dream a little Ole Man!

  • Fifer39

    But less disappointing than if we had lost. I agree with you – great to see us on the up going into the tourney. No point peaking too soon…

  • vicbert caladipo

    I agree Ole Man. You know your stuff. My thought is the heck with the B1G tourney. We need to get healthy for the big dance. I’d let Yogi and Troy play a half at most and the rest a few minutes at a time to stay game action fresh, but no one sees 20 plus minutes. RJ, JM, and maybe even TB should sit. If we win with that approach and find out we made the final game, then balls to the wall against MSU and then we get a 2 seed. I think if we lose first game we still get a three seed. I would not be saying this if we were healthy….well except the you knowing your stuff!!

  • Bill Graham

    I think that is a decent point…but to play Devil’s advocate: what about the argument of momentum? Do we want to slow the mo right before the big dance?

  • vicbert caladipo

    Man…Bill…the way guys are getting beat up…I worry we won’t have enough able bodies for 6 straight wins. The media and fans OUTSIDE the big ten don’t understand how physical it is. We have almost half the conference bigger than us and at least 4 teams that are as physical as any team in the country. I really don’t know how we have survived except hand it to Coach. I know HE won’t do what I am saying, but even Yogi said it in a recent interview….”my bodies beat up”

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    I went and looked: This was Maryland’s worst point-loss of the season. I hope this will factor in us getting a #2 seed in NCAAs.

  • Dereck Johnson

    I feel terrible for Juwan Morgan, he does his job & deflects a pass. And that’s all it took for it 2 pop out again. I’m hoping they were just being extra careful, but it looked like it separated again. Just horrible & he was a couple mins, from sitting on the bench.

  • Bill Graham

    Great response. Maybe there is a way of limiting minutes but still being competitive.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I am 100% excited that we have so much to talk about. It wasn’t that way this same time last year. What a difference a year makes. Not only are we champs of the big ten, but comeback team of the year as well.

  • Kwang

    Too be fair, it looks like nameless is going to shoot himself in the head in that pic.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Add him to the list of tough guys we have on this team. It has to be hard going into the game knowing it can pop out at any time and it has. We have already seen the pain it causes.

  • phaluska

    All constructive criticism. I think everyone see’s his potential. Things like FT technique can be improved with discipline. Sky’s the limit with OG- he’s got everything you CANT teach…

  • Dereck Johnson

    I get all of your points, but bc of Maryland’s offensive potential & after watching PU & Iowa make it interesting. U can’t put that on CTC. I’m not sure of the score & time. However u need HN, OG, JM, Max, & Zeisloft or Yogi over HN, on the floor until it’s a 10pt lead & very close to 2mins left. U all know if he takes guy’s out 2early & they lose your all over him. Lastly it was a complete freak play. He deflected a pass, with his arm bent & that did it. After 20mins of low post play.

  • oldiugymnast

    I don’t think he popped it out. He has some biceps issue from the old injury and probably subscapularus. He will be okay I think. Dinged up subscapularus hurts when you do outward rotation at shoulder level.

  • Dereck Johnson

    Agreed 100%! I honestly believe these young kids want/love playing in front of Hoosier greats. It can’t hurt recruiting either.

  • oldiugymnast

    Not a chance. He has a rotator cuff irritation.

  • oldiugymnast

    No way he dislocated his shoulder – that is classic rotator cuff. Prolly subscapularus.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I disagree. The way he came back out using it, refused to move it before leaving the court, it’s popping out. I’ve had a major right rotators cuff and labrum injury and multiple separations of my left shoulder and it looked more like the latter to me.

  • Dereck Johnson

    Thanks 4 that info, bc I didn’t know about that injury. It didn’t look like enough impact, but after hearing it had separated a few times, I didn’t know 4 sure obviously. Let’s hope 4 the best & double bye, its been 2 long lol. Besides 2012-2013 of course.

  • BeneathTheBanners

    Yeah, I know. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that. I’m not saying I would have pulled him either, it just sucks to see it happen two in a row. We’ll need him going forward.

  • oldiugymnast

    Maybe a anterior dislo – but in 100s that I have seen, never have I seen someone raise their hands over their head within 2 weeks. But you could be right.

  • Koko

    LOL

  • Koko

    Thank you

  • Dereck Johnson

    I honestly couldn’t feel much happier. These are the yrs I enjoy these boards are really fun. Heck I don’t know any haters now lol. Well maybe a couple, but you’ll never please them. At least until they actually do make a deep tournament run. Which I understand, but given the restrictions, suspensions & learning curve 4 Crean @ a major program. This is only CTC’s 2nd team with final 4 talent.

  • TomJameson

    You are soooo corny!! LOL

  • Dereck Johnson

    Oh absolutely I completely agree & wish he wouldn’t have been on the bench myself. Sry I get a lil defensive if I think someone is taking a shot a Crean. Whether u like, love, tolerate, or still on the fence with him. IMHO he’s recruiting his guys & has simplified his approach & stopped trying so hard. He’s having fun & has his guys playing Indiana ball again.

  • Dereck Johnson

    I understood what u were saying. I believe OG has a higher ceiling than Troy. Bc he could become the best 2way player in college by Jr/Sr year. His awareness as a frosh is way ahead of Troy’s soph. year. Troy is fantastic & is about to climb draft boards. He’s peaking at the perfect time.

  • Smilinjayd

    Thanks for the shout out reminder of Bucky Badger. Enjoyed hammering him in days of old! Is he posting under an alias now?

    Really happy for CTC and this team. They are good and for real.

  • Dereck Johnson

    Miami lost to Virginia Tech, Xavier barely beat a Creighton team @home, that IU blew out. How can a team win the regular BIG season title by 2games. Then win the BIG Tournament by beating the only team it hasn’t (Mich St.) 4 the title, not get a 1 seed? UNC, Kansas, Villanova, & IU. Oregon will stumble & Oklahoma will get upset b4 the Kansas game.

  • Dereck Johnson

    I just don’t think Oregon deserves it over IU & I really believe if Oklahoma doesn’t win the big 12. Then they wouldn’t deserve it. U heard it here 1st Villanova is overrated. That hole conference is. I’d put the BIG 10’s top 8 over any other conference. The ACC would give them a run, but Duke without Jefferson hurts, L-Ville shouldn’t count & Virginia isn’t much better than Wisconsin. I can’t lie Johnson & Meeks scare me. Hope UNC is on the other side lol.

  • Dereck Johnson

    They only had 3 turnovers in a 18min stretch.

  • sarge

    They are Hoosiers! That is why we don’t retire jerseys or have names on our jerseys. It is also why we have 5, maybe 6, banners and 22 big ten championships. A cohesive group of five working as one outperforms five individuals in almost every facet of sport and life. They are Hoosiers.

  • sarge

    18 point win over a ranked team is running away with it

  • IULore

    Idont think that’s true. If they win out they will get a one seed. Guaranteed.

  • Are your eyes a human MRI that works over television broadcast? I’d like to get in contact with you. We could make a lot of money.

  • Sounds like you had unrealistic expectations then. He is doing very well for a freshman.

  • SoCal Hoosier

    I talked to him immediately after the game. About his 30th dislocation, he said. Yes, surgery after the season in all likelihood. But he’s good to go until the next time, then they’ll pop it back in and the pain will stop. He’s a tough kid – I know his pain having done it three times myself and ripped up labrums in both shoulders. But he’s fine to play.

  • Ole Man

    I think we’re both saying the same thing.
    They had a bunch of TOs to open the game. Then they went for a long stretch with only a couple or so.

  • Ole Man

    D, I would hope you are right.
    However, there is a huge prejudice against IU’s schedule right now.
    Also, that’s a “non-starter” game you’re playing comparing how certain teams beat another team.

  • Ole Man

    Just reporting what has been reported.
    Can you cite your report, or is that your anecdotal diagnosis?

  • Ole Man

    Maybe; but you’re disagreeing with the IU Drs.
    Could the rotor cuff contribute to a shoulder separation?

  • Ole Man

    Thanks.
    However, I’m of the opinion that you do as Bill mentions below:
    Play ’em for the sake of momentum.

  • IUMIKE1

    lol. !

  • IUMIKE1

    Is that an easier fix, surgically speaking ? What about recovery time, more or less ?

  • IUMIKE1

    Classic mental picture. Especially the rain / department store window part. lol

  • I thought that was pretty cool. Max pulled himself off the court on senior day, to allow a teammate a chance to get on the court. What a great move by a senior leader.

  • give a little credit to the opponent. Maryland is a very tough and talented team.