It's a good thing Indiana (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten) has Yogi Ferrell on its side.
Ferrell has kept the Hoosiers in the game while many others have struggled. Ferrell has 13 points and three assists at the half on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Ferrell is now 11-of-12 from distance in two games against Maryland this year. Safe to say he enjoys seeing the Terrapins (19-5, 7-4).
Indiana came out missing everything, but didn't fall too far behind because of two things. One: Ferrell calmed things down and ran the show, as he always does. Two: Maryland made a lot of mistakes and allowed the Hoosiers to hang around. The Terps had eight first-half turnovers.
James Blackmon Jr. has two points on 1-of-9 shooting and has had three shots blocked. He has forced a number of shots at the rim and early in the shot clock, and it has hurt the Hoosiers.
Troy Williams has eight points and five rebounds, but he also made several mistakes. Williams had turnovers in the first half and missed a wide open reverse dunk. Stanford Robinson also missed a layup.
The Hoosiers shot 60 percent (6-of-10) on 3s in the first half but just 27 percent (6-of-22) on 2s. A big reason for that is the presence of shot blocker Damonte Dodd, who didn't get a ton of action in the first meeting between the two teams at Assembly Hall. In that game, Collin Hartman made three early 3-pointers, forcing Dodd to the perimeter to guard him. Maryland ultimately removed Dodd from the game and played smaller.
Tonight, Mark Turgeon has made a key change. He put Jake Layman on Hartman and moved Dodd to Williams, a non-shooter. That has allowed Dodd to remain around the basket and play off of Williams. Scoring at the rim certainly hasn't come easy for IU, but the Hoosiers did a better job at the end of the half of driving and finding shooters on the perimeter.
I still don't think Ferrell gets the kind of credit nationally that he deserves. He is really, really good. We will have plenty more coverage from tonight's game tonight into tomorrow morning.