Indiana lost to Maryland by a final score of 77-76 on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
The three keys, highlights and final stats from the game are below.
Indiana (15-5, 5-4) will travel to Penn State on Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Hoosiers cannot hold the lead. IU led by seven points with 2:37 remaining but Maryland outscored the Hoosiers 10-2 the rest of the way. Indiana struggled against Maryland’s full court pressure and made just 1-of-4 shots and committed a turnover in that run.
2. Indiana’s offense clicks until the final two minutes. Indiana had a season high 22 assists on a season low six turnovers. IU shot 52.6 percent overall and 47.4 percent from three point-range against a Maryland defense that came into the game as the league’s best in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom. Some of Indiana’s strengths as an offense weren’t there however, as the Hoosiers had only 10 free throw attempts and 9 offensive rebounds.
3. Maryland lights it up in the first half / Smith dominates. The Terps were red hot offensively in the first half, making 54.8 percent overall from the field including a 9-of-17 barrage from three-point range. Maryland had 11 assists and just 3 turnovers before the break. IU played better defense in the second half, holding Maryland to 32 points. But the one constant was sophomore Jalen Smith, who had 29 points and 11 rebounds including four three-pointers as Indiana struggled to contend with the versatile forward.
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