The Maryland men's basketball team is officially in one-and-done mode. The Terps lost to Indiana on Sunday, and every game they play from this point forward is a single-elimination contest - although there's less pressure in the Big Ten Tournament this week than there will be in next week's NCAA event.
Here's an assessment of how Maryland did against the Hoosiers across the "four factors" of team efficiency: effective field goal percentage (eFG%), turnover percentage (TOV%), offensive rebounding percentage (ORB%) and free throw tries per field goal attempt (FTA/FGA). It's not a happy picture, as you might expect.
Maryland: 48.3 eFG%
Indiana: 58.8 eFG%
National average: 49.9 eFG%
The Hoosiers shot excellently, and Maryland was very average. That probably jumped out as you watched the game, and the numbers bear out the same conclusion. The Terps shot just 33 percent on three-pointers, but that wasn't the real problem here: Indiana made 60 percent of its twos, to Maryland's 47 percent.
Maryland: 22.1 TOV%
Indiana: 14.2 TOV%
National average: 18.2 TOV%
It's practically a permanent condition these days that Maryland will give the ball away more than the team it's playing. The Terps lost the turnover battle 14-9 in this game, and given the way Indiana was shooting and Maryland was missing, that only made a Maryland win more impossible. Jake Layman, Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 10 of the 14 Maryland giveaways. No Hoosier had more than two.
Maryland: 35.3 ORB%
Indiana: 31 ORB%
National average: 29.8 ORB%
The Terps did well in this department – really the only facet of the game in which they outperformed the Hoosiers even a little bit. It doesn't hurt to be facing a team of shooters that doesn't usually focus on crashing the boards, but Maryland limited Indiana to nine second chances and got 12 offensive rebounds on the other end.
Maryland: 0.138 FTA/FGA
Indiana: 0.49 FTA/FGA
National average: 0.367 FTA/FGA
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Maryland's offense isn't very intricate. Much of the time, the Terps set high ball screens for Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon, then let them run downhill toward the basket. When this strategy works, it's because Maryland's guards draw fouls and get to the free throw line or find someone open because a help defender forgot about his man. Neither happened much on Sunday. The Terps shot just eight free throws (Trimble and Sulaimon each took none), while Indiana was 20-of-25 and derived a huge offensive advantage from the charity stripe.
Even when things are working, Maryland can't easily beat a team like Indiana. When the Terps' strengths leave them, they've got virtually no shot. They have less than a week to right the ship.