Coming off of a crushing 71-55 loss to Iowa and after being dominated in three out of the last five games, the Maryland Terps grabbed a huge 68-66 victory over a tough Indiana Hoosiers team last night. However, grabbing the victory last night was far from easy, as the game came down to the last second.
The contest was highly contested throughout, as the largest lead that either team took was six. Maryland took that lead with 5:21 to go in the game, but Indiana quickly tied the game back up. The game was alll knotted up at 61 with under a minute and a half remaining before Jake Layman hit a huge jumper to put Maryland on top.
They would ice the game out and escape the Xfinity Center with a victory, fending off yet another upset bid put upon them. Dez Wells cam up huge late in this game, scoring six huge points in the last six minutes of the game. He and Melo Trimble both finished the game scoring 18.
Maryland currently holds an overall record of 20-5 and a Big Ten conference record of 8-4. They have five games remaining on their schedule, but the big game comes on February 24th against the No. 5 ranked Wisconsin Badgers, who have only lost two games this season.
What a win against Wisconsin would do for Maryland is assure them a bye in the Big Ten conference tournament, and it would also give them more brownie points towards receiving a higher seed in the NCAA tournament. However, let’s take this one game at a time.
Coming up next for the Terps, they will travel to Pennsylvania to face a weak Penn St. team. Their 3-9 conference record places them third-last in the Big Ten, only ahead of Rutgers and Northwestern. However, they have had one bright spot.
Senior guard D.J. Newbill has put up great numbers this season. He is shooting a career-high 36% from three-point range, while averaging 20.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Nittany Lions got demolished by the Buckeyes last night, losing by a score of 75-55.
They have yet to beat any quality teams this season, as they have only faced two ranked teams so far. Those two teams were Wisconsin (who they lost 89-72 to), and this Maryland, who they actually kept the game close against when they played each other in the Xfinity Center about a week ago. The Terps squeezed that game out, only winning by a six point margin.
For Maryland, they have pretty much assured themselves a spot in the tournament for the first time in three years, but there is still so much more to play for as we near the end of the College Basketball regular season.