Since playing its first Big Ten game three years ago, the Maryland men’s basketball team has compiled a 42-20 record in regular season games, including 17-14 on the road.
Mark Turgeon’s team has won at every Big Ten venue except one — Indiana’s Assembly Hall.
“Oh, really?” the Terps coach said coyly in a teleconference Sunday with local reporters.
Maryland (15-6, 4-4) will try to fill that void Monday when it faces the Hoosiers to close out the first half of the Big Ten season. Not only have the Terps not won in Bloomington, but they have been blown out twice.
In Maryland’s first season in the Big Ten, No. 23 Indiana beat the No. 13 Terps, 89-70. The Hoosiers made 15 of 22 of their 3-point shots, including seven of eight from junior guard Yogi Ferrell.
Two years ago, No. 12 Indiana beat No. 14 Maryland, 80-62. Again, Ferrell led the Hoosiers in what was his final home game on senior day. The victory helped Indiana clinch the Big Ten regular season title.
The Terps have not lost to the Hoosiers outside Bloomington, winning a pair of close games in College Park as well as another in the 2014-15 Big Ten tournament in Chicago.
Asked Sunday whether the subject of the team’s road woes at Assembly Hall has come up in his team’s pregame discussion, Turgeon said: “We really haven’t talked about that, to be honest with you. What we have talked about is just becoming a great road team down the stretch here.
“We won at Illinois [on Dec. 3], we let one get away the other night [losing last Monday at Michigan 68-67] To get where we want to be, we have to be a good road team, and it starts tomorrow night in Bloomington.”
The last time Maryland won at Indiana was during the 2009-10 season, when the Terps, behind senior guard Greivis Vasquez and senior forward Landon Milbourne, beat the Hoosiers, 80-68, in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Much as it is this season under first-year coach Archie Miller, who replaced Tom Crean, Indiana was rebuilding then under Crean, who was also in his first year. The Hoosiers have lost four times this season at home, mostly early in the season.
The losses ran the gamut from getting blown out in Miller’s debut by Indiana State and also losing badly to Indiana-Fort Wayne for a second straight year in a home-and-home series to playing then No. 1 Duke nearly down to the wire in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
“It’s a tough place to play. They’ve got great fans. They’re right on top of you, and they’re there,” Turgeon said. “It’ll be a heck of a challenge for us, but our guys are dialed in. They know we need to be successful these last 10 games to get where we want to be.”