Maryland Terrapins at Indiana Hoosiers

Maryland Terrapins Preview

The Maryland Terrapins rallied from a 40-26 halftime deficit on Tuesday to beat Northwestern 77-66 for their first true road victory of the season. The 77 points marked the Terps’ best scoring effort in eight Big Ten games this season; they are averaging 63.4 in league play, although giving up only 60.9.

Sophomore power forward Jalen Smith has been hot, scoring a career-high 25 against Northwestern and averaging 20.3 over the past three games, which includes 6-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. He scored 19 in a 75-59 win over Indiana on Jan. 4, a comfortable victory even though Maryland shot just 38.7 percent. The Terps are shooting a league-worst 37.3 percent in Big Ten play.

Indiana Hoosiers Preview

The Indiana Hoosiers have struggled with their 3-point shooting all season, so they went inside and had a 34-18 edge in points in the paint when they knocked off No. 11 Michigan State 67-63 on Thursday to improve to 12-1 at home. That was the fourth win in five games for the Hoosiers, who have overcome 29.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc with defense and rebounding (plus-8.7 per game).

On offense, the Hoosiers are at their best when they are driving and getting fouled — they have shot 149 more free throws than their opponents — or feeding the post, especially freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. He is averaging 14.1 points and 7.9 rebounds but scored only seven in the earlier loss to Maryland.