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2021-22 Game 21: 1/29 Indiana 2:30PM FOX


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#1 BSLZackKiesel

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Posted 27 January 2022 - 10:45 AM

Following two consecutive conference victories, Maryland will host Indiana on Saturday afternoon for a chance at their third straight win. The Hoosiers currently hold a record of 15-5 (6-4), and are coming off of a dominant win over Penn State on Wednesday night. They're led by sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, who leads the team in points, rebounds, and blocks per game. As a team, they're shooting 48% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc.

Indiana is a team led by their defense, and they currently rank as the best defensive unit in the conference, according to KenPom.

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  • Maryland: #79 (#79 AdjO, #76 AdjD; #201 AdjT)
  • Indiana: #32 (#73 AdjO, #19 AdjD; #172 AdjT)

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Posted 28 January 2022 - 08:10 AM

Balt Sun: Hakim Hart, ‘the glue’ that holds Maryland men’s basketball together, relishing role as Terps’ top defender



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Posted 28 January 2022 - 09:37 AM

Big game.  Win this one, and you start to make things a little interesting again.  If they can win this, then the game against MSU on Tuesday becomes pretty interesting as well.  If they can win these next 2 they'll be approaching bubble status again I would think.  Not there yet, but getting there.

 

But, gotta win tomorrow first.



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Posted 28 January 2022 - 09:37 AM

Balt Sun: Hakim Hart, ‘the glue’ that holds Maryland men’s basketball together, relishing role as Terps’ top defender

Hart did a nice job on Harper Jr. on Tuesday.  He seemed gassed at the end of the game, but he kept battling.


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Posted 28 January 2022 - 09:39 AM

Big game.  Win this one, and you start to make things a little interesting again.  If they can win this, then the game against MSU on Tuesday becomes pretty interesting as well.  If they can win these next 2 they'll be approaching bubble status again I would think.  Not there yet, but getting there.

 

But, gotta win tomorrow first.

The matchups in this game seem to favor Indiana, but maybe Maryland is past the feeling sorry for itself stage, that Turgeon's quitting on them brought, and are beginning to enjoy the game again.


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Posted 28 January 2022 - 10:00 AM

Don’t let yourself go there, it isn’t happening. Sorry, I wish there was an angle, but there’s not, outside of winning the Big Ten tourney or with several unlikely wins in the regular season and a deep run in the BTT. Just isn’t happening with this group.

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Posted 28 January 2022 - 10:11 AM

Don’t let yourself go there, it isn’t happening. Sorry, I wish there was an angle, but there’s not, outside of winning the Big Ten tourney or with several unlikely wins in the regular season and a deep run in the BTT. Just isn’t happening with this group.

 

Highly unlikely, I agree.  But if they win the next 2, it starts to get interesting again. I don't really think they'll win the next 2 anyway, but it's much more fun to watch with hope :)


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Posted 28 January 2022 - 10:17 AM

Remember, Red.  Hope is a good thing.


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Posted 29 January 2022 - 11:30 AM

Indiana enters this game as 1.5-point favorites.
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Posted 29 January 2022 - 11:43 AM

Big game.  Win this one, and you start to make things a little interesting again.  If they can win this, then the game against MSU on Tuesday becomes pretty interesting as well.  If they can win these next 2 they'll be approaching bubble status again I would think.  Not there yet, but getting there.

 

But, gotta win tomorrow first.


Theoretically if they could finish the Big Ten regular season 11-9, I think they'd probably need 2 wins in the Big Ten Tournament to be on the right side of the bubble. 

 

3-6 entering today, with the 11 remaining Big Ten regular season games being: 

 

Indiana today
Michigan State 
@Ohio State
Iowa
@Purdue
@Nebraska
Penn State
@Indiana
Ohio State
Minnesota
@Michigan State

 


If Ayala and Fatts go on a run, I can squint and see that as plausible. 

But given the flux of the team and program right now; it's also plausible (and maybe more likely) that if they were to lose today, they might just fold and really collapse. 

I certainly thought they were going down that road (full collapse) after the 2nd half debacle at home vs. Rutgers.  So Manning and the players deserve some credit for not folding, and showing some pride the last two games. 

Like you said, gotta win first... but is more fun to watch with some hope.



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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:01 PM

ESPN matchup predictor gives Maryland a 52.3% chance to win.

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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:17 PM


Theoretically if they could finish the Big Ten regular season 11-9, I think they'd probably need 2 wins in the Big Ten Tournament to be on the right side of the bubble. 

 

Just looking recent history...

 

Last year every team 9-11 or better got in

'19-20 no tournament

'18-19 every team 8-12 or better got in

'17-18 13-5 Nebraska did not get in (21-11 overall) next best records were 9-9 and they all missed

'16-17 10-8 Iowa did not get in

'15-16 11-7 Ohio St did not get in, 10-8 Michigan did



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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:27 PM

Just looking recent history...

Last year every team 9-11 or better got in
'19-20 no tournament
'18-19 every team 8-12 or better got in
'17-18 13-5 Nebraska did not get in (21-11 overall) next best records were 9-9 and they all missed
'16-17 10-8 Iowa did not get in
'15-16 11-7 Ohio St did not get in, 10-8 Michigan did

Good research.

My post above is thinking of MD this year with the 3 OOC losses. I didn't identify the possible 8 additional wins, and obviously who would matter. In general if they could get to 11-9, I still think they would need more in the BTT.

Would be fun to find out.

Guess just start with today.

Watching Michigan State...even if MD played their A game and had a full house, and you got Michigan State's B game...might not have an opportunity there.

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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:28 PM

Starting Five: Russell, Ayala, Hart, Scott, Wahab
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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:38 PM

Not sure if you can call it a “white out” with so many empty, red seats but whatever lol
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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:39 PM

Ayala 3!

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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:39 PM

Wahab on Davis.  Not sure that works?


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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:39 PM

Scott 3!

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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:40 PM

Scott…bang


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Posted 29 January 2022 - 02:40 PM

Wahab with position. 8-0.




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