Ferrell lives for the biggest moments, and he delivered a vintage performance in the Hoosiers' signature win of the young season.
His final line: 24 points, 8-of-10 from the field, 7-of-8 from beyond the arc, 5 assists, 0 turnovers, 37 minutes.
Indiana coach Tom Crean said Ferrell was in the gym getting shots up as soon as the team got back from Sunday's game at Illinois. He returned to the gym all day when the team was off Monday, shot after practice Wednesday, and was back in the gym shooting on Wednesday night. Ferrell entered Thursday's game just 3-of-17 from beyond the arc in Big Ten play.
"That's a hunger level, that's that leadership," Crean said.
Crean often laments the fact Ferrell doesn't get as much national credit for being a two-way player that he deserves. After Thursday night, he'll get it.
Ferrell made one tough shot after another on one end, then shut down one of the nation's best young guards in Melo Trimble. The freshman phenom had only 10 points, and he looked like he wanted no part of Ferrell in the second half. Trimble drove to the rim a couple times, but stopped after getting stripped by Ferrell and rejected by Collin Hartman.
Ferrell always seems to bring his best when a highly-touted guard comes to town, and he did against Trimble. Ferrell delivered a similar performance against Michigan's Derrick Walton a season ago.
"After making a couple shots, the rim kind of just opens up a little bit," Ferrell said.
Yeah, you could say that.
Mosquera-Perea not on team bench
Injured forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was not on the Indiana bench for Thursday night's win over Maryland. A team source told AllHoosiers.com's Justin Albers that Mosquera-Perea watched the game from the team's locker room to get a different perspective, not for disciplinary reasons.
Mosquera-Perea missed his third straight game after suffering a knee injury in practice. He is likely to miss another four weeks.
Thursday night's game was full of crazy statistics. Here are some of them:
**Maryland shot 51 percent from the field, made 10-of-20 3-pointers, and lost the game by 19 points.
**Indiana made 15-of-22 shots from beyond the arc including 9-of-11 in the second half.
**Collin Hartman had a career-high 10 points ... and he did it in the first half. Hartman had seven points in the first two minutes.