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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  • Jonny McClain

    who would score the ball if we didn’t have Blackmon??? I am so sick of everyone jumping on this kid.

  • ForeverIU

    A turnover committed by US!!!!!!

  • Zach Martin

    Correct on not getting a stud PG. This should not have been difficult considering the returning players and obvious need for a 1.

    Don’t think Blackmon is much of a dribble driver though. Yes he converts on some, but can’t go left, doesn’t dish and dribbles into double teams that result in a block shot and/or turnover all too often.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    The refs blocked 9 IU shots

  • Ole Man

    IU doesn’t play in a vacuum. Unfortunately, we’re in the Big Ten! LOL!

  • IUBizmark

    Bryant weighs 255lbs. Enough to take a hip check and still go up strong. Instead he allows himself to be the victim and then cries about the calls/lack thereof. Teams like West Virginia and Butler don’t play like that. They take what they want. IU basketball is like Thai Chi and WV, Butler and Louisville are like MMA. One is theory and one actually gets it done.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    I think quite a large chunk of the fanbase has come to expect losses. Which is even sadder.

  • Ole Man

    Not excuses. Just stating the obvious.

  • Jonny McClain

    Nobody does less with more than our head coach…

  • pcantidote

    I know I was during the last few minutes of tonights game. I was just waiting for the stupid plays.

  • Ole Man

    Go back and watch it, number one.
    Number two, I’m less than 200, and I can hip check someone 255 and do it in a way to send them sprawling, even though I am an old, old man.

  • eville87

    1 and 3. In conference play. I think 10 and 6 now. We might have to win the big ten tourney. NIT crazily looks like a truth. The schedule doesn’t get any better. This was a must have game. They played hard but had too many stupid turnovers. And for the love of God can we guard the pick and roll? Thomas Bryant once again got punked. But hey Og had an espn highlight and Blackmon got his. For the love of God can we get a new coach yet?

  • Not a team, period.

  • RB11

    Ha, agreed! As I said, Blackmon is the ONLY one that can dribble past his defender. He wastes half these opportunities on contested shots and is never ever looking to pass. It’s almost like no coach has ever asked him to pass on a drive. He could draw 3 defenders and throw up a prayer with TB standing under the basket (arms out, palms turned up, lo

  • Ole Man

    In 3 years Blackmon has made one layup from the left side of the basket. Ouch!

  • Ole Man

    Bull.

  • ForeverIU

    ROFL!

  • ForeverIU

    I’m sure our foes agree with you.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Ole man

  • Ole Man

    The last one he took he got hip checked. Watch the replay, sport. Dodd never even touched the ball and they called it a block. TB was basically ridden to the ground.
    Sorry, but getting tired of TB being run down unnecessarily by armchair coaches.
    When he’s wrong, I’m right there with ya, btw.

  • Jonny McClain

    James did not take one FG attempt the last 4 minutes of the game – and he knew he was the only one who could score out there. Did he whine or complain or yell at teammates? A selfish player would have fired up a few ill-advised shots late… he also made the pass to OG for that last second dunk. I’m done defending this kid – if no one can see that this is his team – then what’s the point

  • IUBizmark

    It’s a real shame about the strength of schedule too because we could’ve been playing the opening rounds in Indy. Now we’ll be out west as a 9 seed or something worse. I hate to be a reactionist, but I think I’m ready to trade in the Tom Crean inconsistency for the hope of something better. An Archie Miller, Chris Mack, or hell, even Chris Holtman at this point maybe.

  • Ole Man

    Kid, you really think being a smart aleck is going to get you through life?
    TB will go pro next year and make more in his first contract then you will make in your life time.
    You’ll still slurp around making wise cracks and pretending to know stuff when ya don’t know squat.
    And he’ll be rich and famous.

  • Ole Man

    No. You’re making the claim.
    You tell me how a 240 pound man getting banged on by another 240 pound man is soft.
    Let’s hear it without some BS cliche.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I thought you said you weren’t posting anymore last week. Take your self righteous group of elite fans and create your own forum where you don’t have to criticize the writers and the commenters for stating the obvious. We may be the worst fans according to you but I’m guessing most of us are people of our word. Your word a week ago was you were quitting this site due to the stupidity of the fans and writers. Yet you’re still here criticizing???

  • Ole Man

    Ouch. You had me until you mentioned Chris Holtman! LOL!
    But I think you have a good point.

  • SeeingRed

    I think people might be conflating TB’s lack of certain physical gifts with being soft. I think he gives high quality effort and tries very hard. I also think he looks confused out there this year, which is not exactly helping how things look at first glance.

    When you have a big guy who plays mostly below the rim, in this day and age, you’ve got to put him in position to succeed. You just can’t trot him out there against more explosive athletes and expect him to magically become a high riser and a consistent finisher at the rim. TB has an old school game in a very “loosely structured” offense. May not be a match made in heaven.

  • RB11

    I hate losing and the more you lose the harder you make your path but Nebraska was a must win. On the road, 700 miles from home, against a 14-2 strong program can’t ever really qualify as a must win. It would’ve been nice to win. We positioned ourselves with a chance to win. But that’s going to be a coin flip at best for any team outside the top 5-10. We aren’t top…. well we’ll find out, tough to say mid free fall

  • Smilinjayd

    No surprises tonight. Groundhog Day for CTC. To be fair, JN played much more in control of and w/in the flow of the game. Plz allow me to repeat myself. CTC’S teams will NEVER win anything of substance until he makes defense a priority. Free path to the rim all night. Several times watched 3 IU players under the basket prepared to rebound only to have MD come in over or between them for the put back or rebound. A couple less of any of those situations and a different result tonight. Fundamentals are not a priority for his coaching style in my eyes. Sadly, indifference has stolen my joy this season. Another year of CTC will bring exactly the same results we’ve seen for several years. You are what your record says you are.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    My chair is armless… his production or lack of is in the stats.. bigs without good PGs don’t get easy dump down points or drive and dish layups ..he has to create his own offense ..more contested shots and he isn’t very successful at it right now .. when TB sets high screen he never rolls to basket because no one can make that pass

  • eville87

    I can appreciate what your saying but to start 1 and 3 is a kiss of death with what’s left on the schedule. We will be lucky to get in if they can’t close games. And if we do its as a 8 or 9 seed. I’m just so sick of the same mistakes. Crean has to always quote watch the film. I wonder what he sees.

  • inLinE6

    Not a regular season title I’d say. If we get hot again in time, we could pull out some tourney titles.

  • inLinE6

    Bryant was never strong under basket. He can improve but I’m not sure he can ever be elite. Crean’s bigs always run down the court like kangaroo but soft with post play.

  • KYHoosier

    The senior leadership? I truly believe the lack of “leadership” on this team stems from Crean. All great teams have a leader for a coach. To me, Crean really isn’t a great leader, hard worker and great guy (yes), great leader (no). Something has to change bc this team has too much talent to waste.

  • weitrhino

    False equivalency. I’m pretty sure if my DNA made me 6’10” and 255 pounds at age 19 even a little work would have NBA scouts considering me. I might also average more than 11 pts/game. Bryant could be a monster but I think he’s soft as well. He’s soft on defense and has a soft shot and probably gets more attention than deserved. Justin is frustrated and after tonight I think we probably all are at least a little.

  • Ryan Pride

    At this point I’m actively rooting for the bottom to drop out. How else will Glass ever make a change?

  • Freemason

    “It’s daja vu all over again.”- Yogi

  • CreamandCrimson

    Some actively rooting for the bottom to fall out, lots of “Bryant is soft”, at least one poster calling James Blackmon “selfish, self-absorbed”, others questioning whether some are even trying. For something that we all love, there sure is a lot of vitriol and anger. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and I’m certainly not pleased with the way the team is playing right now and I don’t think the program is at an acceptable place given the personnel but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many commenters go after this many different players with personal labels like “soft” and “selfish”…you are welcome to do it and you might be correct but, in my opinion, this anger reflects poorly on this community as a whole and I wish we could just evaluate the game instead of drifting towards insults. That probably makes me “soft” and I imagine I’ll get some blow back for this post but oh well.

    Although it will not be even close to easy the rest of the way, as always, go Hoosiers.

  • Ms hoosier

    I know, sounds like a broken record with this team

  • Jeff Linback

    Set plays? Have you watched any games in the last 9years? There are none for the whole team. Watch the inbounds play under the basket…same thing every time. It’s painfull to watch.

  • Travis

    My thoughts exactly!

  • HoosierStuckInACCCountry

    That went ad hominem pretty quickly Ole Man. Bryant is very soft. If he played defense with his arms in the air as often as he puts them up after a missed shot, he might be worth something on at least one in of the court. Give me Davis.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    All of this or everything is hitting Thomas Bryant emotionally. I noticed that he was tearing up after the game while shaking the opponents hand. Thomas plays his heart out every game.

  • Steven Brown

    Everyone talks about turnovers and the fact that Robert Johnson missed a shot at the buzzer. I think the outcome would have been completely different if the IU coaching staff would teach the players how to defend against a drive through the lane. No help defense = No WIN. IU’s interior defense is terrible.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I noticed that and there’s no question (in my opinion) the players and coaches are trying. There are plenty of issues but I don’t think a lack of passion or a lack of effort or a lack of pride is a current problem. Thomas is playing very poorly right now (I had hoped the Illinois was a turning point but it was not) but I have never questioned whether or not his heart is in it or whether he’s trying and I hope others feel the same way. It’s not going the way any of us had hoped, most of us all the players and coaches and I know they are trying to turn it around. Disappointment and some anger is understandable and a sign that we, as a fan base, care. I think that can be a good thing. It can also be a bit much and become unnecessarily personal or vitriolic, in my opinion.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    There lies the problems associated with comment boards via the internet. You are absolutely correct with what you wrote and I hope many poster’s read it. I think the timing of many comments do hit harder than meant to be because they are posted right away after the game ends. I will comment, however that there seems to be more frustration on lack of fundamentals and defensive effort that seems to get many poster’s agitated. The agitation , unfortunately is then applied to individual players or staff which I don’t think is fair.

  • FWHoosier

    This is just a collection of individuals. Nothing they do on offense or defense remotely resembles a team.

    Great leadership coach.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    excellent point #34, and i absolutely agree. this is a likable team, comprised of likable players. they play hard, they play selflessly (to say JBJR is selfish is ridiculous!! we need him to shoot and shoot often!), they seem to have good chemistry, there have been absolutely zero off-court issues (something we have learned not to take for granted!). point being, they deserve our respect. being said, i think it’s fair game to critique player and coach performance. and there’s plenty to criticize right now. i do, however, find it a bit unfortunate that the comments after a loss far outnumber comments after a win. and i’m as guilty as anybody at this.

  • vicbert caladipo

    The fact is we as people are all different. Some prefer fries with their burger, some mac and cheese. Some prefer one political candidate over another. Some prefer to be nice, some prefer to speak their mind. Some criticize, some praise, some do both. What would this world be if we all acted the same? Suppose you came here after the game and everyone posted the same thing? How interesting would that be? Just a large group of walking clone IU fans. I myself embrace differing opinions and have sometimes even been swayed by anothers opinion. Mark and forever just to name a couple. The thing I don’t like is some posters acting like their word is gold and just cuz they said it ..it must be true and then if you disagree you are called a loser, or arm chair fan. Having your intelligence questioned cuz of a comment is absurd. Having the comment questioned is fine, but cuz you made that comment you somehow became stupid. Also acting like you are the only real fan here is also absurd. 95% of us love the hoosiers just show it in different ways. There already is too much censorship and political correctness without saying we aren’t entitled to an opinion. Of course unnecessary insults on players, coaches, and fans is uncalled for. There are some days I don’t even want to post in fear of one of the no it alls to call me stupid or a loser. Is it possible to get along and still be able to state an opinion?

  • Ole Man

    You honestly don’t know what ad hominem is, do you.
    A good example, however, is when you turn around in your next sentence and attack Bryant. People like you should stick to knitting instead of commenting. Davis was invisible last night.