Maryland vs Indiana Preview and Prediction
Maryland vs Indiana Preview
Maryland (15-6, 4-4 B1G) travels to face Indiana (11-8, 4-3 B1G) in Bloomington, Indiana Monday for a 7:30 pm slate at Assembly Hall. The game will be broadcast live on FS1.
Indiana is coming off an 85-57 loss at #9 Michigan State, while the Terrapins defeated Minnesota, 77-66, in their last outing. IU is playing the 2nd game of a seven-game, 17-day stretch which will see IU play four ranked opponents.
Indiana holds a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series, but Maryland is 3-2 against the Hoosiers since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15. The Terps captured a 75-72 victory in College Park during the teams’ only meeting last season on January 10. The Terps topped Indiana 64-52 on April 1, 2002 in Atlanta to win the program’s first national championship.
Home sweet home…
The Hoosiers have won their last four games in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and are 3-0 in the league at home this season.
Senior Josh Newkirk. The former Pittsburgh transfer is averaging 14.0 points in his last three games. The Hoosiers are 5-1 in his career when he scores 16 points or more in a game. He had 14 points and 3 assists against Michigan State.
Senior Michal Cekovsky remains one of the most efficient offensive players in the Big Ten, ranking third in the conference in shooting percentage (.693) while shooting 72% in conference games. Cekovsky finished with 17 points in Maryland’s win over Minnesota, while tallying a season-high four blocks against the Golden Gophers.
Anthony Cowan Jr. continues to be the catalyst for Maryland on the offensive end this season, as the Bowie, Md. native has led the Terps in scoring in 17 different games including five of eight Big Ten contests. Cowan leads Maryland in points per game (16.3), which ranks seventh in the Big Ten. He also leads the Terps in free throw pct. (85.8% – T-3rd in B1G), assists per game (4.9 – T-3rd in B1G) and steals per game (1.4 – T-8th in B1G) while averaging a league-high 35.9 minutes per game.
Maryland may sport a better overall record, but they have been wildly inconsistent in Big Ten play this season. You can say the same ‘inconsistent’ word when talking about Indiana as well, but in Bloomington, this Hoosiers team is difficult to beat. I expect IU to remain undefeated at home in Big Ten play.
LINE: -1 Maryland
Indiana 68 Maryland 64