Game Day Essentials
Indiana (15-5, 6-4) at Maryland (11-9, 3-6)
- Tip Time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Eastern
- Location: XFINITY Center, College Park, Md.
- Television: Fox — Brandon Gaudin (Play-by-Play), Jim Jackson (Analyst)
- IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
- Stream: Fox Sports Live
- Point Spread: Indiana is a 1.5 point favorite
- KenPom Projected Score: Indiana 68 Maryland 66
- Series: Indiana leads 9-8 and won the last meeting 63-55 last January
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Interim Coach Danny Manning
One of the most accomplished players in the history of college basketball, Danny Manning was named interim head coach on Dec. 3, 2021 following the resignation of Mark Turgeon. He was originally hired as an assistant coach on April 26, 2021.
Manning most recently spent the last year as an analyst for ESPN, following six years (2014-20) as head coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and two years (2012-14) as head coach at Tulsa.
As a player, Manning was an NCAA Champion, consensus National Player of the Year, All-American, No. 1 overall NBA Draft Pick, NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer. After winning a national title as an assistant coach at Kansas, Manning’s years as a head coach included taking two different schools to the NCAA Tournament and winning a conference regular season and tournament title.
Manning is 122-146 in nine years as a head coach.
You can watch him preview the Indiana matchup here.
Maryland looks to match its longest winning streak of the season Saturday afternoon. The Terrapins have collected a combined six Quad 1 & 2 victories this season, and are one of five teams in the Big Ten Conference to hit that mark as of Jan. 25: Wisconsin (10), MSU (7), Purdue (6), Illinois (6).
Maryland is 4-0 against Indiana at XFINITY Center since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014-15. The meeting marks a rematch of the 2002 NCAA Championship game, when Maryland defeated the Hoosiers 64-52 to claim their first and only national title. The Terps will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the championship on Feb. 27 against Ohio State due to star player Juan Dixon’s coaching obligations today.
The Terps picked up their second straight conference victory with a tip-to-horn defeat of Rutgers, 68-60, on Tuesday night. The backcourt duo of Fatts Russell and Eric Ayala was sensational, combining for 45 points on 15-of-29 shooting (10-of-17 3FG). Ayala’s five 3’s pushed him over 200 for his career, becoming just the fifth Terp in history to reach the milestone.
Maryland currently leads the Big Ten in free throws made (304) and is second in free throws attempted (411), and ranks 15th and 17th in the country, respectively, in each category. The effort has been led by Fatts Russell and Eric Ayala, who both rank in the top-10 in the Big Ten in free throws attempted.
Terrapin forward Qudus Wahab has scored double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time since the first two games of his Maryland career earlier this season. He posted 11 points against Illinois, followed by a 10-point performance against Rutgers.
Maryland is one of five schools nationally to win at least four games against ranked teams in each of the last three seasons (2018-21), joined by Kansas, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa and Michigan.
The Terrapins feature four players who have appeared in at least 100 career collegiate games: Xavier Green (141), Fatts Russell (139), Simon Wright (122) and Eric Ayala (114). Additionally, the Terps feature experienced junior forwards Donta Scott (82) and Qudus Wahab (789).
The trio of Russell (1856), Ayala (1319) and Green (1100) are all members of the 1,000-point club.
No. 79 Maryland KenPom Highlights
Tempo – No. 201 (Offense – No. 244 / Defense No. 157)
Offensive efficiency – No. 79
- Maryland is inaccurate from the field, converting just 49.1 percent from two (No. 201) and 32.6 percent from three (No. 225).
- The Terps get to the line, with their free throw attempts at 36.1 percent of their field goal attempts (No. 39). They make 74 percent (No. 90)
- More of a one-on-one dribble drive team, Maryland assists on just 47.8 percent of field goals, No. 256.
- UM isn’t a high-end offensive rebounding team (27.8 percent/No. 200), but forward Julian Reese is top-20 among players with a 15.6 percent offensive rebounding rate.
Defensive efficiency – No. 76
- Maryland doesn’t force miscues with just a 15.5 percent turnover rate (No. 327)
- The Terps don’t send teams to the foul line, with opponent free throw attempts making up just 22.5 percent of field goal attempts (No. 30).
- Opponents haven’t converted a high rate of 2-point shots — 46.9 percent (No. 67)
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