At the Buzzer: Maryland 75, Indiana 72

  • 01/10/2017 11:16 pm in

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Quick thoughts on a 75-72 loss to Maryland:

How it happened: The start wasn’t pretty for Indiana. With 8:45 remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers had turned it over seven times and trailed 21-14. Tom Crean took a timeout. From there, Indiana would turn it over just once the rest of the half and outscored Maryland 24-18 to draw within one at halftime. During the run, Curtis Jones gave Indiana life, hitting two 3-pointers.

The second half was a back and forth battle. James Blackmon Jr. hit several big shots, but with the game on the line, Indiana failed to deliver. Leading 70-68 with 2:02 on a pair of Juwan Morgan free throws, the Hoosiers left Kevin Huerter open for a 3 with 1:48 to play. And after OG Anunoby missed a wild shot in the lane, Anthony Cowan scored on a breakaway the other way to give the Terps a 3-point lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish. After Melo Trimble splashed two free throws, a Robert Johnson 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed as Indiana lost for the sixth time this season.

Standout performance: As a freshman, James Blackmon Jr. went 2-of-14 and finished with five points in a 68-66 loss to Maryland at the XFinity Center. Blackmon Jr. was much better on Tuesday, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Blackmon Jr. also became the 50th player in Indiana history to surpass 1,000 career points.

Statistic that stands out: For the fourth straight conference game and fifth straight game overall, Indiana allowed more than one point per possession. Maryland had little trouble scoring against the Hoosiers, scoring 1.14 points per possession.

Final IU player stats:

Final IU tempo-free stats:

(Photo credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Ole Man

    Justin was being a smart-A.
    No false equivalency at all. Just simple truth.
    I honestly don’t think you’re qualified, anymore than most of those harping on Thomas, to declare him soft.
    I’m frustrated, too.
    But I don’t get on here and trash players who are giving their heart and soul out on the court.

  • Ole Man

    And that is an excellent summation of some of IU’s troubles; not just TB’s.
    “No one can make that pass.” Or, no one is willing too.

  • Ole Man

    My, my, my….19 and 10 against Kansas to open the season? The guy who scored 20 points on 6-6 shooting just last game against Illinois?
    I guess that wasn’t getting it done.

  • Ole Man

    I think the last play should have been run for JBJ as well.
    Saying that, JBJ is nowhere near a National POY candidate. Nor should our offense be run around him.

  • Ole Man

    Nonsense. Totally and complete nonsense.
    Davis disappears for long, long stretches.

  • HoosierStuckInACCCountry

    I don’t? He made a comment about a subject, and your response was attacking him individually (i.e. calling him smart aleck, referencing his income, and saying he doesn’t know anything) rather than making a decent argument to why he ISN’T soft, which you never did. You then did it with me, by STILL not giving helpful examples to defend your stance, but attacking me and my knitting instead. A criticism of Bryant isn’t ad hominem, it’s criticism. See how that works? Moving on. Davis was invisible because he barely saw the floor. That’s why i’m saying, “Give me Davis”. 12 minutes compared to Bryant’s 28.

  • Koko

    I think the team played pretty good at Maryland….how many B1G home games has
    Maryland lost? I thought what the announcer from Indiana said about OG going down the middle as opposed to coming in from the wing was pretty much spot on. My advice for OG is to go back and talk to his High School coach….that is where he received his best coaching.

  • weitrhino

    No, you trash those whose opinions differ with yours and that won’t gain you any respect. Along with false equivalency we need to include ad hominem as argumentative methods which you don’t understand as demonstrated below . Also, I didn’t ‘declare’ TB as soft. I said “I think he’s soft” then expounded on what areas lead me to believe so. That’s a known as rhetorical position. To be declarative, I would have had to say “Thomas is soft.” Words matter, not the age of one making the statement.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I’m not sure JBJ is a real leader in the sense we would like. But you are right that he is the man to score the ball for this group. In fact, he should have complained and demanded the ball at the end of the game as the only guy who can score at will. This group needs JBJ’s scoring in a bad way. But I’m still not sure it overshadows his typically poor defense and lack of leadership.

  • Ole Man

    Did he or did he not make a smart remark about a player who could not be there to defend himself?
    You have no clue what it’s like to play that position against legitimate competition (or perhaps any competition at all), yet you maintain TB is “soft”.
    Davis is a freshman. A few minutes great; a few minutes invisible. You are “bandwagon.”

  • IUBizmark

    Your cherry picking of stats is legendary. I can do that too.
    Yea, the same guy who had 9 pts and 3 boards against UMass Lowell and Liberty.
    Against real competition like Wisconsin he had 6 pts and 3 rebounds…

    You certainly watch other teams, right? Caleb Swanigan vs. Wisconsin had 13 rebounds and 18 points. Caleb Swanigan is in contention for Player of the Year honors. He has 14 double doubles out of 17 games against a schedule slightly tougher than ours.
    Thomas Bryant, has 4 double doubles and they came against Kansas, Ft. Wayne, Miss. Valley St. and Nebraska.

    I’m sure it’s because Swanigan is getting all the calls and poor Thomas just isn’t catching a break. I’m sure it’s not because Swanigan wills his way to those double doubles. Go on, tell me how wrong I am about Bryant and explain why Swanigan is able to do what Brant is not.

  • Ole Man

    Nope, I trashed those trashing defenseless players.
    You want to play with words, get out your dictionary.
    It was plain to any reader what you meant.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I don’t what happened in the huddle as that play was drawn up. But if JBJ wants to be the star he should be demanding the ball. Perhaps he was overridden by CTC but from what I’ve seen JBJ is not very vocal. Lack of leadership is a problem. We all know JBJ can score and I’d love to see him demanding the ball in that situation. I’d also love to see him play defense, so my wishes don’t always come true haha.

  • HoosierStuckInACCCountry

    Aaaaaand we’re back to ad hominem. Great discussion. If i want to discuss IU hoops, i’ll take it up with someone who can handle how a conversation works. Bandwagon…HA!

  • Missing Moye

    You said “no it alls.” What an idiot loser! That clearly wasn’t a typo! 🙂

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I agree with you and please don’t take my comment as thinking that my comments are gold.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    I’m new to this forum. I have enjoyed reading the back and forth. My comments echo many others on here so they may be redundant. I may have a few additional points worth while. Glaring problem #1: WAY too many turn overs. IU will never contend for championship with 15+TOs a game. Too many close games in tournament where every possession matters. Just like last night in a tight game. Turn overs stem from the horrible offensive scheme. Which is problem #3(later). Problem #2 is horrible defense. They do not play 1/2 court defense. Way too many open shooters. Paint is wide open most of the time. The biggest part of this is when Bryant (all BiGS do it under Crean) flashes out to help at top of key or in the wing. Well the Lane is wide open and Bryant’s man is usually salivating waiting for easy pass/layup/dunk. So stupid. When will they stop that??!! I scream at the tv every time. They won’t stop until Crean leaves. They are also out of position and get tricked on switches. #3 horrible offense. When they are hitting threes they can win. Period. Otherwise, it’s a crap shoot. When they can fast break, they can score but they don’t have Troy Williams or yogi any more. And fast defensive teams usually stop this for the most part. Which leads me to the 1/2 court, which is horrible. Players are confused. Not their fault. Their 1/2 court is dribble, pass to guy who is NOT open or double teamed. Dribble into the trees with no where to go with the ball, no screens that matter. Wait for it…shoot a three and hope it goes in. With Blackmon clearly becoming the go to guy, why not work the offense through him a little? Well that would require coaching. Oops. Honestly their screens at top of key are worthless. Jr high kids are better at it. It takes both guys to set a good screen. And when is the last time we have used an off the ball screen to get a shooter open? About 8 years ago. And why do we always look clueless coming out of a time out? We rarely score and usually turn it over. Sad. Sorry to be a downer but these things need to change. Sadly they will not until coaching change. I like creans enthusiasm and recruiting. Coaching X’s and O’s not so much. There are many others such as foul shots, post play, fundamentals etc. but that would require much more rambling.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    There is a wide open lane because Bryant always flashes out and leaves the lane wide open. A truck could drive down it. I hate it when he does that.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    It always seems that others teams are playing as a coached team with a plan. IU seems to be playing a pick up game.

  • Kwang

    8 of 9 vs 18 of 22, game.

  • Ole Man

    Nothing cherry picked. You said he wasn’t getting it done.
    I pointed out that yes, he was getting it done at times.
    BTW, Swanigan plays for PUke. Apples and oranges.
    Different teams. Different offenses and utilizations.
    Seems like you have a man crush on Swanigan, however.

  • Ole Man

    And again, you got nothing. You ignore questions and attack.
    When you want to talk basketball instead of constantly attacking me (Yes, it’s that obvious) then, by all means do so. Otherwise, I’ll just ignore you.

  • IUBizmark

    Getting it done is 9 and 3 against sub 250 opponents? Thomas Bryant: “Getting it done in 1 out of every 17 games.”

  • Bud Jenkins

    imho, Crean should see most, if not all of ‘it’ within the context of the game and not have to watch the film to answer relatively simple questions. He uses film as a crutch and can’t act on his feet, am sure this applies to the players as well…

  • Bud Jenkins

    that was ad hominem

  • Bud Jenkins

    someone got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning. (does that qualify as ad hominem, maybe red herring…)

  • Ole Man

    Qualifies as sticking your nose into other people’s business.
    How’s that 🙂

  • Bud Jenkins

    That would be irony ! (this is public forum, kind of the definition of sticking one’s nose somewhere)

  • cbags05

    “Everybody”. Do I need to clarify that I don’t mean it literally?

  • weitrhino

    I’ll add irony to the list. Shall we go for hubris next?

  • Ole Man

    Look in the mirror, then add Troll.