Game Day Essentials:
No. 21 Indiana (15-6, 6-4) at Maryland (14-7, 5-5)
- Tip Time: 9:00 p.m. Eastern
- Location: XFINITY Center (17,950), College Park, Maryland
- Television: ESPN2 (Brian Custer, Robbie Hummel, Myron Medcalf)
- Stream: Watch ESPN
- IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
- Point Spread: Maryland is a 3-point favorite
- KenPom Projected Score: No. 32 Maryland 72 No. 18 Indiana 70
- Series: Indiana leads 11-8. IU won last meeting 74-64 on Feb. 24, 2022
Maryland’s Kevin Willard:
Kevin Willard is in his 1st season as head coach of the Terrapins.
Willard was the head coach at Seton Hall from 2010-22 where he posted an overall record of 225-161 and helped the Pirates to the 2020 Big East Regular Season Championship and the 2016 Big East Tournament Championship.
During his tenure, Seton Hall made five total NCAA Tournament appearances and would have been six in the last seven seasons when you include the COVID-shortened season when Seton Hall won the Big East title.
He is one of 10 active head coaches in the Power 6 conferences to have won a regular-season conference championship, conference tournament championship and conference coach of the year in the last six seasons.
The success has continued at Maryland, as Willard became the first coach in Maryland history to start 8-0 in his first season. He also became the first coach in program history to have Maryland ranked nationally during a coach’s first season.
Willard played Division 1 basketball for four years. After beginning his career at Western Kentucky, he played his last three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh.
Maryland’s results and roster:
After starting the season 8-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, Maryland has been up and down. However, they have won two in a row and three of four, with all of those recent wins coming at home.
They most recently defeated Wisconsin and Nebraska, both at the XFINITY Center. The Terrapins are 11-1 at home this year, with their only loss coming to UCLA.
- After two complete wins over Wisconsin and Nebraska, Maryland closes out its three-game home stand on Tuesday night as Indiana visits the XFINITY Center. The Terps are 11-1 this year at home including ranked wins over Illinois and Ohio State.
- Maryland enters the game at No. 36 in the current NCAA NET rankings with three Quad 1 wins (Illinois, Miami, Ohio State) and three Quad 2 wins (Saint Louis, Michigan, Wisconsin). A total of 15 games for the Terps are currently Quad 1.
- After starting the year 8-0, Maryland struggled during December but has found a rhythm lately winning four of its last six games. Six losses this season have been on the road, while three were against top-20 teams (No. 7 Tennessee, No. 16 UCLA, No. 3 Purdue). The Terps have been as high as No. 6 in the NET and as high as No. 13 in the AP Top 25 Poll.
- Maryland improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2019- 20 and the 10th time overall after its win over No. 16 Illinois. Two of Maryland’s losses came by an average of four points against Wisconsin (now No. 14 in the AP Poll) and Tennessee (now No. 8 in the AP Poll).
- Maryland’s schedule this year has been among the toughest in the nation. The Terps are just one of two teams to play three programs in the Top 5 of the NCAA Net Ratings and the Top 5 in the KenPom ratings – Kentucky being the other.
- The XFINITY Center has been a haven this year during league play with Maryland the only team in the Big Ten to remain unbeaten in home conference games (5-0).
Maryland’s 2022-23 KenPom Highlights (out of 363 teams)
Tempo – No. 268 (Offense No. 174 / Defense No. 360)
Offensive Efficiency – No. 48
- Maryland’s effective field goal percentage of 50.8 percent is No. 158 nationally. They are No. 49 nationally in two-point percentage (53.7) and rank No. 314 in three-point percentage (30.7).
- The Terps get to the foul line a fair amount. Their 34.5 percent free throw rate is No. 84 nationally.
- Not many of Maryland’s field goals are assisted — just 43.9 percent, No. 341.
- The offense runs heavily through point guard Jahmir Young, whose usage rate is No. 27 in the country. He also draws 5.8 fouls per 40 minutes.
Defensive Efficiency – No. 39
- Maryland ranks No. 35 in overall opponent effective field goal percentage (46.5), including No. 45 in three-point percentage (30.8) and No. 61 in two-point percentage (46.7).
- Indiana will have a chance to give themselves multiple opportunities to score, as Maryland allows offensive rebounds on 29.2 percent of possessions, No. 211.
- With a 27.8 percent free throw rate, opponents don’t get to the foul line a great deal — No. 95.
- The Terrapins guard the perimeter well, with opposing team’s three-point attempts accounting for just 31.8 percent of field goal attempts, No. 33.
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