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Maryland vs. Indiana preview: Terps look for revenge against Hoosiers

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After a blowout loss in Bloomington in late January, Maryland looks to get back on track Wednesday.

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What better way to end a slump than by playing the team that started it? After a blowout loss to Iowa Sunday, the Terps return home to play Indiana Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET, with coverage on Big Ten Network and streaming on BTN2Go.

Things haven't gone so well for Indiana either since the last time these two teams played. The Hoosiers lost double-digit games to Ohio State and Purdue before a close win over Rutgers. Wisconsin handed Indiana a road loss last week, but Tom Crean's squad responded with a home win over Michigan Sunday.

Indiana currently ranks No. 51 in KenPom, compared to No. 38 for Maryland. The Hoosiers are currently fourth in the Big Ten standings, while Maryland is in second place -- both have 7-4 conference records. Last time out, Indiana won 89-70 in Bloomington.

Players to know

James Blackmon, Jr., freshman, 6'4. The talented rookie is still leading Indiana in scoring, averaging 16.3 points with 5.3 rebounds per game. He scored 22 against Maryland last time, and is one of the toughest matchups in the conference.

Yogi Ferrell, junior, 6'0. Ferrell put in his application as the Big Ten player most feared by Maryland last time out. Against the Terrapins, the guard scored 24 points, making seven of eight three-point shots. He's averaging 16.0 points per game, shooting 42.3 percent from deep.

Troy Williams, sophomore, 6'7. Williams scored 16 against Maryland, and is one of Indiana's only scorers who isn't also a lethal option from three. He's scoring 13.4 points per game, but has made just one of six three-point attempts this year.

Robert Johnson, freshman, 6'3. Indiana's other Super Freshman, Johnson scored just seven with six rebounds against Maryland last time. He's another great three-point shooter (42.5 percent) and is averaging 9.3 points per game.

Collin Hartman, sophomore, 6'6. Hartman is Indiana's most efficient offensive player, coming off the bench to score points in bunches. Maryland learned this the hard way last time out, as the sharpshooter made all four of his field goal attempts (including three from deep), scoring 15 points in the win.

Strengths:

Offense. Indiana is averaging 79.8 points per game, ranking No. 11 in the country and tops in the Big Ten. They're also shooting 40.9 percent from three, good for sixth in the nation. The Hoosiers are loaded with offensive weapons, and are able to score from most anywhere on the floor.

Weaknesses:

Defense. Usually we list two strengths and two weaknesses for each team, but with Indiana it's pretty simple. They score a lot, sure, but they also give up a ton of points. The Hoosiers are allowing 72.6 points per game (No. 312 in the nation), and it could prove an opportune time for Maryland's offense to get running again.

Predictions:

KenPom’s prediction: Maryland, 78-72. 71 percent chance Maryland wins.

Pete's prediction: Indiana, 84-72. The Hoosiers' poor defense could get some of Maryland's offensive players back up and running again, but with how the Terrapins have been playing lately it's hard to imagine a night-and-day performance.