Maryland vs. Indiana Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Live Streaming InfoNoah Williams
Without Thursday night football, pro or college, the NCAA basketball schedule makers are giving us a great matchup in Bloomington where the newly ranked, at 23, Hoosiers and No. 13 Terrapins will play for a share of first place in the conference.
The Big Ten’s biggest surprises will measure themselves against one another.
“I don’t know Mark (Terps’s head-coach Mark Turgeon) very well, but I have a lot of respect for him,” IU coach Tom Crean said on Monday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “I had enough conversations with him to know that he was really excited for his team in the offseason. … They have tremendous versatility.”
— Inside the Shell (@InsidetheShell1) January 13, 2015
Matchup: No. 13 Maryland Terrapins at No. 23 Indiana Hoosiers
When: Thursday, January 22
Tip Off: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Stadium: Assembly Hall
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Wisconsin Vs Michigan
Point Spread: N/A
Game Total: N/A
A Closer Look At The Maryland vs. Indiana Odds, My Final Score Prediction & TV/Live Streaming Info
Both No. 23 Indiana (14-4, 4-1) and Maryland (17-2, 5-1) have had bumpy paths to Thursday’s surprisingly important match-up that will be broadcast like on ESPN. Alternatively you can stream the game at WatchESPN.com.
The Hoosiers embarrassed themselves with offseason headlines related to various off-court indiscretions. They also had to rebuild a roster that returned only six scholarship players from last season, without a clear-cut successor to Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh in the post.
The Terrapins have turned to Melo Trimble, an early frontrunner for Big Ten freshman of the year. He is averaging 16.1 points per game. Trimble has scored in double figures in all but one of Maryland’s games so far this season, and he tallied 24 in the Terrapins’ win over Michigan State on Saturday.
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) January 19, 2015
So, who’s going to come out on top when the two national title hopefuls square off in an intriguing Big Ten matchup that could play a role in the NCAA Tournament seedings for both programs?
Let’s find out!
Maryland will win this Big Ten battle if…
They play their normal brand of defensive ball.
The Terps are led in scoring and assists by Trimble, their electrifying freshman point guard (16.1 ppg, 3.0 apg) while Layman, a 6-8 junior forward, leads the team in rebounding (6.9) and shooting percentage (51.2%).
Trimble has scored in double figures in every game for the Terps this season except one and put up 24 points against Michigan State the last time out.
"A lot of it’s just being young and just going out and playing," Turgeon said of his young leader’s uncommon poise.” You don’t think about all the stuff everybody else thinks of. You just go out and play."
— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) January 20, 2015
Maryland put up a respectable 72.9 points per game (69th) but really has made their mark on the defensive end of the floor where they allow just 61.4 points per contest defensively (61st) while forcing their opponents to shoot a dismal 37.7 percent from the field (19th).
If the Terps play their normal brand of defense and get after the high-scoring Hoosiers defensively, they’ll be halfway home to the win for head coach Mark Turgeon.
Indiana will win this Big Ten battle if…
They stop Terps’ stars Timble and/or Layman
Tom Crean’s ballclub has won three straight in very impressive fashion, but the young squad didn’t play any defense in losses to Louisville on Dec. 9, (94-74) and Georgetown on Dec. 27 (91-87 OT).
The Hoosiers also struggled to put the ball in the hole against Michigan State in their 70-50 road loss on Jan. 5.
Indiana is led in scoring by 6-4 freshman shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. (16.6 ppg) and the gifted wing player is also second on the team in rebounds (5.7) to sophomore forward Troy Williams (6.1 rpg) while junior point guard Kevin Ferrell leads the team in assists (4.8).
The Hoosiers are very young and guard heavy after featuring big men Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh in the post a year ago. Crean has turned to a ‘small ball’ style for the season.
— Post Sports (@PostSports) January 21, 2015
"Whenever you’ve got great guards you’ve got a chance," Turgeon said. "Tom’s doing a really great job coaching this team."
Will Maryland or Indiana win this Big Ten tilt?
Indiana has the Big Ten’s No. 1 scoring offense, but I’m a big believer that a great defense will shut down a great offense more often than not, which is why I’m going to urge you to back the Terrapins in this one.
Maryland has won three of its four road games this season while posting an identical 4-1 ATS mark along the way. I know Indiana is 11-1 at home this season, but the Hoosiers are just 6-5 ATS at home and have managed to win each of their last two home dates by an identical three points.
Indiana may be able to score the ball with the best teams in the nation, but the Hoosiers are ranked a pitiful 296th in the country in points allowed (71.4) and I don’t think that’s going to cut it against a very good Maryland team that just pounded the snot out of the same Michigan State Spartans team that blew Indiana out of the water in their last meeting.