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Quick hits | Maryland 76, No. 10 Illinois 67

Jan. 14—What happened

Maryland made its layups. Illinois did not. A simplistic analysis of Sunday's game at State Farm Center? Sure, but no less accurate. The Terrapins scored 52 points in the paint. The Illini made just 9 of 23 dunks and layups. That's 39 percent shooting on the easiest shots possible, and it's a combination that's going to mean a loss in most scenarios. Like it did against the Terps.

What it means

If Illinois was going to split its pair of home games this week, it would have been better off dropping Thursday's against Michigan State than Sunday's against Maryland. The Illini did pick up a much-needed Quad I win by beating the Spartans, but the positive effect that had on their overall résumé was certainly attenuated by losing a Quad III game to the Terps.

What's next

Another underachieving Big Ten team with Thursday's trip to Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan is generating more headlines off the court (Juwan Howard's beef with his strength coach and picking and choosing the games he actually coaches, Dug McDaniel's odd road games only suspension) than for what the Wolverines are doing on the court (admittedly not much).

What was said

"Maryland deserves all the credit — every ounce of it. My fault for not getting these guys in the right frame of mind defensively. We were as mistake prone as we've ever been this season on that side. Maryland deserves a lot of the credit. We've played a lot of really, really good guards and guarded them OK. (Jahmir Young) kind of had his way with us." — Illinois coach Brad Underwood