LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Indiana will now have to wait until Sunday to see if they've done enough to be a part of the NCAA madness.The Hoosiers fell to Maryland 75-69 in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals in Chicago's United Center Friday.
IU is now 20-9 on the season.They have been listed as one of the last team's into the NCAA tournament field.A second win over Maryland would have likely guaranteed a spot in the field of 68.
Indiana led briefly in a tight first half.A Robert Johnson three put them up 13-10.Maryland followed by scoring the next nine.The Hoosiers never had the lead again.They tied the game at 32 on a Troy Williams jumper and at 38 on a three from James Blackmon, Jr. off a missed free throw and trailed by two at 42-40 at the halftime break.
IU was still just two down after a pair of Johnson free throws made it 68-66 with 39 seconds left before missed threes and Maryland free throws put things away.
Hoosier head coach Tom Crean stated his case to get in.
“When you look at the body of work and factor things in—I really hope our league gets factored in,” Crean said. “Obviously, there's a lot of great teams in this league.What I'm encouraged about now (is) we're getting better.”
Dez Wells led Maryland with 22 points.Melo Trimble had 17.Indiana was led by Yogi Ferrell with 18 and Williams with 17.Freshman Emmitt Holt gave the Hoosiers quality minutes inside in the absence of injured big man Hanner Mosquera-Perrea.Holt had 6 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.