Terps In Big Ten Semis After Out-Gunning Hoosiers 75-69

Sports and Bets — March 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm by

Well Turtle fans and Terp folks, that was a hell of a basketball game.  The Maryland Terrapins began their 2014-15 postseason with a stylish win over a tough Indiana Hoosiers squad. I’ll talk smack and make fun of anybody, including this Indiana team, but these Hoosiers are a hell of a basketball team that plays an exciting and entertaining style of hoops.  They should absolutely make the NCAA’s and they will be a tough out for anybody.

That being said, these talented Hoosiers couldn’t quite handle our talented Terps. Maryland came out gunning and dunking.  Damonte Dodd started the jam party with two dunks off of pick and rolls and then Dez Wells did this…


This fast Maryland start was met by Indiana and the two teams produced a high scoring, high flying first half that ended with the Terps clinging to a precarious 42-40 lead. It was a lead that Maryland would never relinquish.  The Terps slowed the pace a bit in the second frame and clamped down on the defensive end.  Indiana’s basic philosophy it to spread the floor to create space for their three point shooters and for their guards to drive and shoot, or drive and kick-out to open three point shooters.  They are a quick and athletic squad and spacing, and the three, are at the crux of what the Hoosiers want to do offensively.  Maryland responded well to this in the second half.  Maryland’s man to man and perimeter defense was fast and disrupting.  Threes were well contested and it seemed that Maryland put an onus on being physical on Indiana drives and journeys into the paint.  Maryland was especially physical with freshman sensation, James Blackmon, who was held to a measly six points on 2 of 12 shooting.  He was noticeably frustrated late in the game, which he should of been, as his team made only 1 of 10 shots from the field in the game’s final six minutes- and that make was a garbage three with three seconds left in the game. Jake Layman stood out tonight on the defensive end, as did Evan Smotrycz, who played his best all around game of the year tonight.

Meanwhile Maryland was able to control tempo and game flow for most of the second half.  They got out and ran when the opportunity presented itself- Pack and Wells’ 2 on 4 fast break was a great example of that- and they were able to get into their half court and work the clock as the second half progressed.  Melo Trimble was of course key to this and he and Wells were able to exploit man to man defense by driving to the rack and finishing and by getting to the charity stripe.  When the Hoosiers went to a 2-3 zone, the Terps were able to shoot over it with kick outs to the perimeter. They also had plenty of success with Wells flashing out of the post for 10-12 foot jumpers. 

This combination of active defense and a tempo controlling offense allowed the Terps to maintain their lead.  Indiana wouldn’t go the hell away, and the Terps went on a four minute scoring drought of their own uncomfortably deep into the second half, but ultimately the Terps executed better and showed more mental toughness down the stretch to pull out this victory.  The Terps gunned early, then turned up the defense, then buried the Hoosiers at the foul line for Maryland’s first ever Big 10 conference win.


Other Game Notes

Bill Raferty called the game.  He is the greatest college basketball color man ever.  Ever.

Maryland got out-rebounded by a smaller Hoosier squad and the offensive boards that Indiana were grabbing (18) were particularly disturbing.  Can we chalk it up to bad luck? Eh. Maybe it was because the Terps were so physical on the ball and the player attempting to bring it inside the paint.  Better.  But it’s something that can’t continue.

Maryland has now won 8 straight.

Glad I won’t see Yogi Ferrell til next season.

Absolutely loved Evan Smotrycz’s game tonight.  He had eight points and four boards.  He hit a huge three from the corner and he calmly knocked down two foul shots very late in the game.  He also played great D, showed veteran leadership, and he seemed to be in Blackmon’s head late.  His experience is huge off the bench at this point of the season.

Dez Wells is playing out of his mind.  His 22 led all scorers.  His number will hang in the rafters at Xfinity.


Trimble had 17 and 3 assists.  He draws contact better than any player I’ve ever seen wear a Maryland uniform.

Jake Layman was active and awesome on defense, and he logged 9 rebounds.  He also scored ten points. All around strong game from a guy who can do everything and anything to help the Terps win.  So solid.

Jared Nickens had ten as well, including two big buckets from beyond the arc.

The Terps will play Michigan State tomorrow at around 3:30.  Should be another good one.  The tournament has gone chalk.  All top four seeds are in the semis.

Go Terps!


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