QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for being here. After last night’s late game and big win for the Hoosiers beating no. 13 Maryland, hope you all are rested up — lots of questions and comments on the game coming in.
Are we ready to get started?
JEREMY: Not so rested up, but I’m ready to get started.
MIKE: Good morning, everybody. Man, that was quite the atmosphere at Assembly Hall tonight — my ears are still ringing, with visions of Yogi Ferrell 3-pointers dancing in my head. OK, let’s chat.
ANDY: Sure, they’re not going to shoot 60 percent all the time. And they’re most certainly not going to hit 15 3s every ballgame. But these Hoosiers have shown themselves a fun team to watch most of the time, and no reason to think that won’t continue, win or lose. As more than one commentator has noted, at a time when scoring is down in college hoops overall, it’s fun to watch teams attack offensively and make shots. And, of course, it’s also often pretty fun to … chat.
QUESTION: Hey fellas,
What a game! Glad to have the Hall rockin’ last night. The Indiana crowd comes alive for these big games. On that same note, has there been any talk of scheduling a big non-conference opponent at home next year? I am thinking an actual big non-conference opponent, not big in Tom Crean’s eyes. Sorry, but I have my hopes set higher than SMU. Maybe if they had Mudiay, I would feel differently, but I doubt it. With what should be fairly high expectations next season, it is nice to have a marquee early-season game at home. I just worry that they’ll use the Gavitt game, Crossroads, and ACC/Big 10 game as an excuse to just schedule cupcakes, even though only the Big East might be at home. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana made a statement that it was a contender, not pretender, with Thursday’s demolition of Maryland, Mike writes.
Hoosier fans have wanted a reason to believe in this IU team, and they got one on Thursday night, I wrote.
Penn State was too tall and too much for the IU women’s basketball team, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU’s 3-point hysteria and floor-spreading style was too much for Maryland, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.
Indiana believes, and it made a believe out of Maryland, Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Indiana has gone from no hope to can’t miss in a wide-open Big Ten season, Pat Forde of YahooSports.com writes.
The Hoosiers are riding their offense to the top of the Big Ten, C.L. Brown of ESPN.com writes.
The “Fire Crean” campaign is being wrecked by the Hoosiers’ emergence this season, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News writes.
Indiana’s five-out offensive scheme has the Hoosiers a dangerous team every time out, Sam Vecenzie of CBSsports.com writes.
Maryland took its worst beating of the season at the hands of the Hoosiers, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun writes.
Maryland was prepared for a rowdy crowd but not Indiana’s hot shooting, Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post writes.
Yogi Ferrell roughed up Maryland big man Jon Graham, as the Hoosiers did the same to the Terps, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Indiana was “terrific all night” against Maryland, Jordan Littman of Inside the Hall writes.
Relive the Hoosiers’ win with this highlight video, via IU Athletics.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Believe seems a popular word after Thursday night, so here’ R.Kelly with “I Believe I Can Fly.”
The chants of “overrated” fell from the rafters with three minutes left to play, a statement from a raucous Assembly Hall that this Indiana team is here to challenge for a spot atop a muddled Big Ten.
In closing its biggest — and perhaps most important — win of the season, the No. 23 Hoosiers hit 15 3-pointers to blow away No. 13 Maryland, 89-70, and clinch a share of first place in the conference.
Four Hoosiers scored in double figures, led by 24 from Yogi Ferrell. Collin Hartman set a new career best with 15 points, while James Blackmon Jr. added 22 points and Troy Williams had 16. Indiana travels to Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to Thursday, Maryland had not allowed more than 77 points in a game this season. The Terrapins boasted the best defense in the Big Ten, but the Hoosiers torched them from the perimeter. IU shot 68 percent (15-for-22) from beyond the arc, while connecting on 60 percent of its shots from the field.
The Terps had been gashing opponents with an offensive attack that relied on getting to the free throw line, but the team shot only 6-for-12 at the stripe against IU. Maryland stars Melo Trimble and Dez Wells were mostly non-factors, combining for only 19 points. Jake Layman led Maryland with 13 points.
IU virtually controlled the entire game, but Maryland found a way to stay close at the break despite only seven combined points from Trimble and Wells. Indiana, which led 38-35 at halftime, came out of the locker room on a 6-0 run to start the second half and built a lead that swelled to as many as 22 points late in the period.
This story will be updated.
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