The first contest between Indiana and Maryland this season wasn't much of one. Playing in the friendly confines of The Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers shot 60 percent from the field and romped over the Terps 89-70. Could Maryland turn the tables on Wednesday night in College Park?
Game of the night: Indiana at Maryland
The Maryland defense was certainly better at home, as it held the Hoosiers to 37 percent shooting. However, Indiana was able to stay in this one until the very end thanks to 14 offensive rebounds and just six turnovers. Still, poor shooting nights from freshmen Robert Johnson (3-for-13) and James Blackmon Jr. (2-for-14) led to the Hoosiers being down by four with 20 seconds to play. Yogi Ferrell cut into the deficit with a three-pointer and then found himself in position to win the game after Dez Wells missed one of two free throws. Ferrell's next three-point attempt, though, fell off the mark and the subsequent off-balance jumper missed as well. The Terps had themselves another close home win by the score of 68-66.
Although no one on Maryland could top Ferrell's 23 points and six assists, the top three Turtles were effective enough to stave off defeat. Jake Layman scored 14 points on just six field goal attempts, while Wells and Melo Trimble added 18 points each. Indiana was able to keep the trio off the charity stripe for the most part, but Maryland was just fine from the field, shooting 49 percent as a team and 48 percent from deep.
Penn State at Ohio State
Penn State's streak of losing painfully close games on the road came to an end, but not the way Pat Chambers wanted it to. The Lions allowed Ohio State to get to the rim at will and never got too close after falling behind 12-0 in the first half. Although D'Angelo Russell shot just 4-for-13 from the field, he still managed 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Sam Thompson picked up the slack with a career-high 22 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
The Lions shot 32 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times with just seven assists. That's not a great recipe for success. As with most Penn State losses, there was not much going on with the supporting cast. D.J. Newbill scored 16 points, but Brandon Taylor was the only other Lion in double figures with 11. Meanwhile, Geno Thorpe and Shep Garner combined to shoot 3-for-17 from the field.