Indiana Lacked Inside Game Vs. Md.
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ATLANTA (AP) _ With little inside help, Indiana needed a lot more than 3-point shooting against Maryland.
The Hoosiers didn’t get it.
Indiana’s improbable NCAA tournament run ended Monday night with a 64-52 loss to Maryland in the title game as big men Jared Jeffries and Jeff Newton struggled.
Throughout the tournament, Indiana had shown it could win inside, as it did against Duke and Oklahoma, or outside, as it did against Kent State.
Indiana, which beat Oklahoma two nights earlier with impressive contributions from each of its four big men, hit 10 3-pointers, but needed a lot more than that.
Jeffries, the Big Ten player of the year, hardly looked like an All-American. The 6-foot-10 forward played tentative, traveling twice in the opening minutes and was blocked twice on drives. He struggled shooting the ball, making only 4-of-11 shots, finishing with eight points and seven rebounds.
Newton, the Hoosiers’ hero Saturday, also struggled, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds.