Maryland has been on quite the roll, emerging victorious in three straight Big Ten confrontations to run its winning streak to four games. The Terrapins look to continue their good fortune on Friday night when they host 24th-ranked Indiana at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md.
Junior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 23 of his career high-tying 27 points in the second half and made all 10 of his attempts from the free-throw line as Maryland sank 24 of 27 shots from the charity stripe in Tuesday's 82-67 triumph at Minnesota. "We just keep getting better. Don't sleep on the fact that when we made our (22-7) run, we had four freshmen in there with Anthony," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. Indiana saw its seven-game winning streak come to a halt in Sunday's 74-63 setback at undefeated Michigan, with foul trouble limiting the minutes of senior forward Juwan Morgan (25 points) and freshman guard Romero Langford (17). "When those two guys aren't on the floor, we're a different team offensively and defensively," Hoosiers coach Archie Miller said of Morgan (16.7 points per game, 7.8 rebounds) and Langford (18.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg).
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ABOUT INDIANA (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten): Langford has delivered on expectations after the highly coveted recruit committed to the Hoosiers, but his 3-point shot remains a work in progress. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Indiana native is just 12-for-53 from long range, including 3-of-18 in his last six games. While Morgan has recorded six double-doubles this season, perimeter players Justin Smith (8.5 points per game), Aljami Durham (8.4) and Devonte Green (8.4) have stepped up on occasion while freshman Rob Phinisee drilled the buzzer-beating basket in a 71-68 win over Butler on Dec. 15.
ABOUT MARYLAND (13-3, 4-1): Freshman forward Jalen Smith continued his sharp shooting by improving to 33-for-56 from the field in his last five contests by making 7 of 10 shots from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line for a season-best 21 points against the Golden Gophers. The 6-foot-10 Baltimore native established a physical presence against Minnesota senior Jordan Murphy and likely will be tasked with defending the 6-8 Morgan on Friday. Cowan scored 18 points in his last encounter versus Indiana, but his bid to tie the score with six seconds remaining in the second half caromed off the rim in a 71-68 setback on Jan. 22, 2018.
1. While Maryland excelled at the free-throw line in its last outing, Indiana is shooting just 65 percent from the charity stripe this season.
2. Morgan collected 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots as the Hoosiers defeated the Terrapins last January.
3. Maryland sputtered out of the blocks in each game of its winning streak, trailing by nine points early against Radford and by seven versus both Rutgers and Minnesota.
PREDICTION: Maryland 78, Indiana 71 Bet Now
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