The Big Ten only had one game on Monday night, but it was a pretty intriguing one with Maryland going on the road to face Indiana. Both teams were looking to score a valuable win as they drop to move up in the Big Ten standings.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Indiana Hoosiers 63, Maryland Terrapins 55
Both teams entered this game with some trepidation. Indiana was coming off a win over Penn State last week, but had lost two of three and fans were starting to get a little restless. Maryland had also underwhelmed to date and was coming off a frustrating home loss to Michigan. In some ways, this felt like an elimination game for one side.
The game itself was pretty competitive. Maryland jumped out to a lead in the first 10 minutes and Indiana responded from there, taking over early in the second half. Eventually, Trayce Jackson-Davis and the Hoosiers would prove to be too much for Maryland. Indiana used a 13-2 run in the final 10 minutes to score a 63-55 win.
Indiana’s win pushes the team to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers still have some tough waters ahead with one of the most difficult remaining schedules in the conference, but this was a significant win. Maryland is a solid win and beating the Terps should be a nice resume win for Indiana at season’s end. Indiana will return to action on Thursday on the road against Wisconsin.
The Terps fell to 6-5 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play with the loss and it’s hard to feel great about where things might be heading after Monday night. Maryland has lost two in a row, three of four, and five of the team’s last seven games. The team is still in the top 50 on KenPom, but that’s no exactly reassuring with the league’s depth this season. We’ll see if the team can get things turned around on Thursday at home against Iowa.