Another road game, another road loss. Indiana Basketball fell just short of a heartbreaking defeat in Maryland, against a highly talented Terrapins team. The Hoosiers now fall to 12-4 on the season but will look to get back in the win column Monday when they host the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
In just the first time this season, the Hoosiers dropped back-to-back games, unfortunately both were conference matchups. Indiana, who fell in the rankings, now find themselves tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a record of 3-2. The team managed to come out strong, establishing a commanding lead of 17-4 in the first six minutes of action. Indiana has struggled to start games, but Friday was shaping up to be a different story. However, Maryland went on to narrow the deficit to just eight points as the two teams headed into halftime.
Allowing the opposition to crawl back into games has been a weakness for Indiana so far this season. If the Hoosiers want to be a legitimate threat, then they will need to learn to pull away while leading. Head coach, Archie Miller did an excellent job in preparing the team to establish an early lead, but it turned out to be not enough. Miller has harped continuously on minimizing turnovers to keep Indiana within close games, but now his attention will need to shift toward addressing the team’s endurance. Maryland and Michigan were more conditioned late in the game, which caused the Hoosiers to fall short in both contests. Now that conference play has begun, it will be even more challenging to correct this issue, but Miller has proven that he can address matters in a timely fashion.
Returning home to Assembly Hall poses a tremendous opportunity for the Hoosiers to bounce back against a difficult Nebraska team. The Cornhuskers are 12-4 overall but have failed to win games within the conference. Indiana’s home crowd makes for a tough atmosphere for any visiting team to escape victorious, therefore the odds are in their favor. Freshman, Romeo Langford is leading the team in points per game (18.8) and minutes played per game (33.1). Miller believes that Langford possesses the talent, as well as the leadership, to guide his teammates to a swift victory at home Monday. If Indiana is going to shut down Nebraska, then Langford will need to provide yet another impressive scoring performance.
Although the Hoosiers have failed to win a game in over a week, they are learning from their mistakes. Langford is growing confidence in his three-point shooting, which will benefit the team as the season progresses. Be sure to tune in to Monday’s contest, as the Hoosiers will look to defeat the visiting Cornhuskers.