5 Things: Maryland 68, Indiana 66

Indiana's Tom Crean and Yogi Ferrell react to IU's final play in a 68-66 loss at Maryland on Wednesday. Plus, James Blackmon's dunk and Troy Williams' crazy tip-ins.

There were a lot of interesting parts of Indiana's 68-66 loss at Maryland on Wednesday night. Here are a few:

1. THE FINISH: The final few possessions of the game were both interesting and critical, so let's revisit that final stretch.

It seemed as if No. 19 Maryland had finally gained some separation after a quick 6-0 run gave the Terps a 57-51 lead with 5:14 to go. But Tom Crean took a timeout, and the Hoosiers refused to go away.

Robert Johnson buried a 3-pointer only 17 seconds later, and even after a miss by Johnson on the next possession, IU would tie the game at 57-all on a banked 3 by Yogi Ferrell with 3:39 to go. Jake Layman made a jumper for Maryland. Johnson answered with one for the Hoosiers.

59-all, 2:46 to go.

Troy Williams made a layup for IU. Dez Wells responded with a jumper for the Terps.

61-all, 1:38 to go.

Collin Hartman missed a layup in transition. Layman answered with a basket over James Blackmon Jr. in the post. Crean drew up a play to get Blackmon a 3 coming out of a timeout, and Blackmon missed a good luck. He was 2-of-14 from the field in the game.

Despite an 8-second difference between the game and shot clocks, Crean chose to foul. Romelo Trimble made them both, giving Maryland a 65-61 lead with 29 seconds. Game over, right?

Wrong.

Williams answered with a tip-in only seven seconds later, and Layman answered with a pair of free throws on the other end. Nothing to see here.

But Yogi Ferrell refused to let the Hoosiers die, and buried a tough pull-up 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one at 67-66 with 14 seconds.

New ball game.

Wells split a pair of free throws, giving IU a chance to tie or win with 12 seconds to go, down 68-66.

After a timeout, Ferrell brought the ball up the floor, went around a screen, and got a great look at a 3-pointer for the win. The shot missed, the rebound bounced to Ferrell, and he missed a fallaway shot as time expired.

“I thought it was in," Crean said. "It was an option out of the timeout, and he had the option off the ball screen. We were gonna get the best shot, and certainly you wanna shoot it early enough that you have the opportunity for the offensive rebound, which we did.”

Added Ferrell: “I pretty much knew what I was gonna do. Crossed over, felt good. Probably the best shot I took all game that felt like it was going in. Hit the back rim. Then got a second shot, saw I had about 2.5 seconds, and I just tried to flip it up and in. It just didn’t go in."

Ferrell clearly thought the shot was going to go in. He stood and watch it at the top of the key, and it looked as if he thought Maryland had secured the rebound. When the ball bounced to him, he was unprepared because he didn't expect to get it back. I'm not saying anything would have changed, but had Ferrell followed his own shot, he may have gotten a better look on the second one.

For what it's worth, Williams was wide open under the basket before Ferrell's 3, but I don't have a problem with him taking the shot that would have won the game. He had already made six 3-pointers in the game, and he got a great look. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said it was probably the best look Ferrell got all night. The IU point guard agreed.

“Yeah, I’d say so," Ferrell said. "I was wide open, basically for that shot. That shot’s gonna be back of my mind for awhile now. Felt good, looked good. Just didn’t go in.

“Coach drew up a play for a screen. I figured he’d play the screen or try to switch it. I didn’t wanna get switched onto [Evan] Smotrycz. He’s about 6-9, 6-10. I was gonna try to refuse it and go for the game winner.”

2. WILLIAMS' TIPS:Troy Williams had some incredible tip-ins in the second half, including one on a miss by Robert Johnson that is one of the best tips I've ever seen. It was not only incredibly athletic, it showed both great hand-eye coordination and perfect timing. Stephen Bardo initially thought the same, then changed his mind upon seeing the replay. I'm not sure why. He was right the first time.

3. BLACKMON'S FLUSH: James Blackmon Jr. didn't do much, but he did have an emphatic dunk that made it to No. 2 on SportsCenter's Top 10 list. The funny thing is, I think the ball was going to roll out of the rim if Blackmon didn't hang on the rim for an unordinary amount of time.

4. FERRELL IS A CANDIDATE FOR B1G POY: At least he should be. Ferrell is one of the best players in all of college basketball, and I feel like he doesn't get as much respect nationally as he deserves. It's easy to pay attention when Ferrell has a big scoring game like he did Wednesday, but Ferrell does things every game that not many guys in the country can do.

There was a play in Wednesday night's game when Ferrell shook his defender with a crossover, got into the lane, got caught in the air, and made an incredible wrap around pass to Robert Johnson on the wing for a wide open 3. Johnson missed the shot, but it was a great play from Ferrell, who would have probably had 10-12 assists if guys made wide open shots against Maryland.

Also: How many times in Ferrell's three-year career has he turned a terrible offensive possession into a great one with a 3-pointer late in the shot clock? I don't know the exact number, but it's a lot. Those are shots that NBA franchise guys make. Just saying.

5. HMP PLAYS WELL: It will fly under the radar a bit, but Hanner Mosquera-Perea looked good at Maryland. He played only eight minutes, but Mosquera-Perea moved well and had a couple of big baskets for the Hoosiers. The junior had four points and three rebounds in his second game back from a knee injury. Indiana will need him to be a factor if it wants to make a run in the postseason.


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