Maryland men's basketball ended its regular season on a sour note, falling 80-62 to Indiana on senior day in Bloomington.
Maryland moved to 4-6 in true road games this season, and still hasn't beat a ranked opponent on the road since 2008. Going to Bloomington on senior day was going to be as hard a game as any the Terps played this season, and after looking sharp to start the game, the Terps had familiar problems resurface.
Indiana got wide-open threes and wide-open layups all day, while Maryland's offense got pretty much the opposite. The Terps fed Diamond Stone inside, but the Hoosiers did a solid job on him all night. Melo Trimble continued his de-icing after a late-season slump, going 17-for-17 from the field, but he didn't have much help.
Jake Layman again looked solid on defense and contributed a 9 points on 7 shots. The Terrapins had trouble getting him open looks against a tough Hoosiers defense. Robert Carter Jr. added 14 points.
Troy Williams led Indiana with 23 points and Yogi Ferrell added 17. Those two were incredibly hard to stop all day, and Ferrell didn't have trouble getting to the rim.
Maryland got good start against the Hoosiers, leading 12-4 with 16 minutes remaining in the first half after Trimble converted a layup. Indiana responded to the Terps' 8-0 run with a 6-0 run of its own, and the Terrapins went scoreless for more than five minutes. Maryland couldn't get anything going on offense, and Indiana went on an unbelievable 23-6 run to end the frame. Too many possessions ended with hoisted long threes, and the Hoosiers took a 41-28 lead into halftime.
The Terps went down by as many as 16 points in the half, but a late run captained by Trimble and helped by better ball movement and actual open shots prevented it from being a blowout. Indiana couldn't break it open, leading by 9 with 7 minutes left in the game. That lead still proved impenetrable, and Maryland lost to the Big Ten regular season champions.
The No. 12 Terps move to 24-7 on the season, and will eagerly await the result of Purdue-Wisconsin, which tips off at 7:30 Sunday night. Maryland needs a Purdue victory to keep the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. If Wisconsin wins, the Terps will be a 4-seed.
Three things to know
1. Maryland still isn't there yet. The Terps haven't looked like the team everyone expected them to be. They certainly looked to be the inferior team on Sunday, and they don't have much time to improve. An early loss in the Big Ten Tournament would be a bad look for seeding purposes, and they don't look like a team primed for a deep NCAA Tournament run.
2. Melo Trimble continued to break out of his slump. The sophomore didn't catch fire at any point in the game, but he saw the ball go through the hoop often enough for the second straight game. Maryland is getting closer to having its star player where he needs to be.
3. Maryland's offense lacked any sort of rhythm. The Terps' struggled to get good shots for most of the game. Unless Trimble is making ridiculous contested threes, and he isn't right now, this team isn't very efficient on that side of the ball.