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Hoosiers come up one play short in loss at Maryland

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Indiana came into Wednesday’s game against Maryland at the XFinity Center with five Big Ten wins and no losses in games decided by six points or less. In close games, the Hoosiers had been making plays when it mattered most on the way to a 7-4 mark in conference play.

IU’s first trip to Maryland with the Terrapins as a Big Ten member presented another opportunity in a back and forth contest that came down to the final possession.

Mark Turgeon would call it a “great college basketball game” afterward. Tom Crean shared that sentiment, calling the contest “tremendous.”

But on a night where neither team would lead by more than six points and the lead changed hands 18 times, the Hoosiers could never seize control.

The result? A 68-66 loss in a game where Indiana could not make one more play to push past Maryland for a win. Victory was there for the taking and the Hoosiers simply could not grab it.

“We withstood some poor shooting, we withstood some excellent shooting from them, and at the same time we made plays,” Crean said. “We just made one less (play). It was a great win for them, tough loss for us and a great battle all around.”

Indiana had numerous chances to make just one more play.

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Video: IU players react to loss at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Yogi Ferrell (23 points, six assists and five rebounds) and Troy Williams (17 points and 10 rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 68-66 loss to Maryland at the XFinity Center.

Watch their postgame comments below:

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Hoosiers look forward to return to the “DMV”

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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.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Michigan

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Indiana bounced back from a loss at Wisconsin with a narrow 70-67 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall. The win moved the Hoosiers to 17-7 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Wolverines:

· Indiana continues to find ways to win close games: A season ago, Indiana struggled to close out games for a variety of reasons. Turnovers was chief among them as was a lack of capable shot makers to turn to. The script has been flipped through eleven league games as Indiana now has seven conference wins and six of them have been decided by six points or less.

Sunday was another example of Indiana not playing its best game, but still figuring out a way to claim a win. The Hoosiers built an 11-point lead against the Wolverines with 14 minutes to play, but Michigan never folded and ultimately had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer. Still, Indiana never let go of control of the game, which is a sign of growth over last season.

“I’d say the difference has been mindset, our mental mindset going into a close game like that is just to get a stop and whatever is necessary to get it, we’re going to get it,” Yogi Ferrell explained. “We go out there, we fight for each other and we fight for the team and we come out with the outcome we want.”

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Video: IU players react to win over Michigan

Troy Williams (20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals), James Blackmon Jr. (13 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Yogi Ferrell (18 points, six assists and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 70-67 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Crean, IU players preview Michigan

Tom Crean, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Saturday morning at Assembly Hall to preview Sunday afternoon’s matchup with Michigan.

Podcast on the Brink: SI.com NBA editor Matt Dollinger

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Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

Morris is joined by SI.com NBA editor and former Podcast on the Brink host Matt Dollinger to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· Dollinger’s perspective on how IU has performed so far this season
· His November column for SI on the IU program, Tom Crean and Mike Davis
· NBA potential for Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams
· The development of Cody Zeller this year in Charlotte
· Noah Vonleh’s decision to go pro and if it was the correct one
· Victor Oladipo’s sophomore season in Orlando and his chances in the dunk contest at All-Star weekend

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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