Video: Mark Turgeon reacts to win over Indiana

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Mark Turgeon met with the media following Maryland’s 68-66 win over Indiana on Wednesday night at the XFinity Center.

Watch the full press conference below:

The Minute After: Maryland


Thoughts on a 68-66 loss to the Terps:

Tied at 61 with just over 1:30 to go, Robert Johnson pushed the pace. Across the timeline he came. Collin Hartman sprung loose from Jake Layman and called for the ball at the free throw line. Johnson made the pass. Hartman missed the lay-up ahead of the defense.

This was the story of Indiana’s night in College Park.

After running Maryland out of the gym in Bloomington on the strength of a 15-of-22 mark from distance, Xfinity Center’s baskets paid the Hoosiers little favor. Troy Williams missed two dunks. James Blackmon Jr. shot just 2-of-15 and 0-of-5 from distance — including a late corner 3-pointer that would have given Indiana a one-point advantage with 44 seconds to go. Robert Johnson hit two late important baskets, but in front of friends and family, finished just 3-of-13. The Hoosiers made only 35.7 percent of their 2-point attempts.

So many missed opportunities. And despite it all, Indiana never trailed by more than six. It seemed like the game may finally be turning in Maryland’s favor after Layman rebounded a Dez Wells missed free throw attempt which led to a corner 3 for Jared Nickens. Wells drove and scored on the Terps’ next possession to give them that six-point cushion with 5:14 to go. But Indiana hung tough. It’s what this team does. The confidence never wavers. Johnson hit a 3-ball. Ferrell hit another to tie it at 57 with 3:39 to go. Johnson hit a jumper to tie it back up at 59. Williams tipped in a miss to put the Hoosiers in front at 61-59 with 1:47 left.


Indiana announces addition of Jordan Fuchs


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Indiana’s frontline depth got a boost on Wednesday afternoon when the program announced the addition of Jordan Fuchs, a 6-foot-6, 230 pound forward, to the roster.

Fuchs, who is on football scholarship at Indiana as a tight end, will be available tonight for Indiana’s game with Maryland at the XFinity Center.

“Jordan is someone we’ve been aware of for some time now and had he not gotten injured in the Purdue game and had to recover from that we would have brought over to evaluate earlier,” Tom Crean said in a release. “We worked with him since last week and with Coach (Kevin) Wilson’s blessing we are adding Jordan at this time. He has considerable basketball experience and brings size, athleticism, toughness and a tremendous competitive attitude.”

Fuchs will wear No. 20.


Hoosiers look forward to return to the “DMV”


In recent years, the Indiana men’s basketball program has built a connection with the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.

The current pipeline between the “DMV” and Bloomington formed back in May 2008, when Oxon Hill, Md., native Maurice Creek committed to the Hoosiers. It solidified just over a year later in September 2009 with the commitment of Hyattsville, Md., native Victor Oladipo. Those two had a chance to play near home in the 2013 NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The pipeline still remains strong. Current Hoosiers Robert Johnson and Troy Williams are from Virginia, and Stanford Robinson is from Maryland. And tonight presents their first opportunity to play close to home, as the Hoosiers (17-7, 7-4) take on No. 19 Maryland (19-5, 7-4) in College Park at 9 p.m.

“It’s always good when you’re away from home and you get to play in front of your friends and family,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “I’m definitely excited to see them.”

Indiana’s connection to the Washington area stems far beyond the basketball court.


Indiana and Louisville in negotiations for three-year series


Indiana and Louisville are currently in negotiations for a three-year series, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean confirmed on Tuesday.

The series will involve games at either Lucas Oil Stadium or Bankers Life Fieldhouse depending on date availability, Assembly Hall and the KFC Yum! Center, potentially starting as early as next season, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said during his radio show on Monday evening.

“I would say if we get this series completed, a three-year series that it is, a series of that magnitude really deserves the respect of an official announcement and it being a big deal,” Crean said on Tuesday. “Because it would be. But are we in the midst of that, among other things that we’re doing? Absolutely. We are in the midst of that. And we have been.

“With a series of that magnitude and the dates that we would potentially play and where we would play, a lot of things would have to get worked on.”


What to Expect: Maryland


Indiana returns to the road on Wednesday night for a meeting with No. 19 Maryland at the XFinity Center in College Park. The Terrapins are 19-5 overall, 7-4 in the Big Ten and 5-0 in conference play at home.

The game will be broadcast on BTN at 9 p.m. ET:

There’s good and bad when you examine Indiana’s performances on the road in Big Ten play.

First, the good: The Hoosiers own a pair of Big Ten road wins over Illinois and Nebraska and those two clubs are 9-0 at home in league play against the rest of the conference.

And the bad: IU’s four road losses have come by an average of 15.5 points and the Hoosiers have dropped three straight away from Assembly Hall.

Indiana will look to reverse recent misfortunes and attempt to become the first Big Ten road team to win at Maryland this season on Wednesday. It won’t be easy, though, as the Terps will clearly have revenge on their mind following an 89-70 drubbing in Assembly Hall back on Jan. 22.


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