At the beginning of December, everything seemed rosy for the IU men’s basketball team after they dissembled the North Carolina University Tar Heels for their second win against a top-ranked team early in the year. The talent that had lead many to pick the Hoosiers to win the Ben Ten title was on display and was living up to its billing. A little more than a month later we find the Hoosiers have lost three of their first four Big Ten games along with a humiliation at the hands of Louisville on New Year’s Eve and looking for some semblance of a team that will dominate the Big Ten. Tuesday night, Indiana lost their first Big Ten road game to Maryland 75-72 when Robert Johnson’s potential tying three banged off the back of the rim as time expired. The Hoosiers had several five-point leads late in the second half and lead by two with less than two minutes to play. But the team was outscored 7-2 from there on out to drop to 1-3 in Big Ten play, and looking for a winning formula.
The Hoosiers had hoped they had righted the ship last weekend when the teams overpowered Illinois by a score of 96-80, after losing their first two games at home to Nebraska and Wisconsin. But while the Hoosiers made spectacular plays, they still seem to be unable to stop opposing teams down the stretch of games and hold on for a victory again against Maryland. IU was lead by Blackmon’s twenty-two points. The Hoosiers will again try to find answers to a season spiraling out of control when they return home to Assembly Hall to play Rutgers on Sunday.