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Video: IU players react to win over Maryland

Collin Hartman (15 points), Troy Williams (16 points and seven rebounds), James Blackmon Jr. (22 points and five rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (24 points and five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 89-70 win over No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Maryland

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Check out 27 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 89-70 win over No. 13 Maryland at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: Mark Turgeon reacts to loss at Indiana

Mark Turgeon met with the media following No. 13 Maryland’s 89-70 loss to Indiana on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Similarities run deep as No. 13 Maryland, No. 23 Indiana battle on Thursday

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Before this season started, the atmosphere surrounding Maryland basketball was one of uncertainty.

The Terrapins had five scholarship players transfer from the program and another lost to graduation. Just over half their roster was returning for the 2014-2015 campaign.

But there was a sense of optimism surrounding Maryland, with four freshmen — including three top 100 prospects and the nation’s No. 31 recruit, Romelo Trimble — and North Carolina A & T graduate transfer Richaud Pack, who averaged 17.0 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, coming in.

Before the season started, Tom Crean was able to gather that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was excited about his team. And through the first 19 games of the season, the Terps have proved Turgeon’s hopes to be accurate.

Heading into tonight’s game in Assembly Hall, Maryland is 17-2 and 5-1 in the Big Ten, and they have earned the nation’s No. 13 ranking in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll.

“They’ve earned their stripes,” Crean said on Wednesday. “They’ve earned their ranking, they’ve earned their notoriety because of the way they’ve played the entire year.”

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Maryland

Tom Crean, Collin Hartman and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview Indiana’s matchup with No. 13 Maryland on Thursday at Assembly Hall.

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What to Expect: Maryland

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Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Thursday night with a 4-1 Big Ten record and a national ranking (No. 23)  following a win on Sunday at Illinois. Things don’t get any easier, however, as the Hoosiers welcome No. 13 Maryland to Assembly Hall. The winner will remain on pace for the conference lead in the loss column with Wisconsin.

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET with Adam Amin and Seth Greenburg on the call:

Through 18 games, it’s hard to imagine a better start for this Indiana team. At 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers have three wins over top 25 teams and have already won three conference games in which they were underdogs.

But an unforgiving, front loaded league schedule gets no easier from here as Indiana is likely to enter its next three games as an underdog in Vegas. Looking at current KenPom win probabilities, the Hoosiers enter the next three – Maryland (44%), Ohio State (20%) and Purdue (40%) – with less than a 45 percent chance of winning.

So far, the role of underdog has suited Indiana well and it’s one that the Hoosiers will have to continue to embrace as a confident Maryland team that has already won at Michigan State and Purdue comes to Assembly Hall.

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