Maryland made fewer baskets, got outrebounded and was admittedly not as tough as Northwestern.
So, when it came time for coach Mark Turgeon to make sense of it all, he had this to say about the seventh-ranked Terrapins' 62-56 victory Tuesday night:
"Some nights things don't go well and you've just got to figure out a way to win," he said. "And we did that."
Melo Trimble scored 18 points, Diamond Stone made a pivotal three-point play with 1 minute, 13 seconds left in overtime and Maryland (17-2, 6-1 Big Ten) survived a 17-point second half to complete a season sweep of the Wildcats (15-5, 3-4).
This one in College Park, Md., was far tougher than the 72-59 rout in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 2.
The Terrapins shot 44 percent, gave up 16 offensive rebounds and were often out-hustled by the scrappy Wildcats.
"I thought Northwestern was the tougher team most of the night," Turgeon said.
But Trimble opened the scoring with a three-point play in overtime and got assists on two baskets, including the layup by Stone that put Maryland ahead 58-55.
Stone finished with 11 points and Robert Carter Jr. had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Aaron Falzon scored 13 points for the Wildcats before fouling out with 3:36 left in overtime. Bryant McIntosh had 12 points on 5-for-18 shooting, and backcourt mate Tre Demps was 3-for-14 from the field.
Still, the Wildcats nearly pulled off the upset.
"We had to try to manage the possessions and make it a grind-it-out game, and I thought we did that," Wildcats coach Chris Collins said.
Northwestern took 17 more shots than Maryland and made two more baskets, but the Terrapins outscored the Wildcats 16-5 at the free throw line.
"I'm just disappointed for my guys because I thought they gave an effort that was worthy of winning, and we weren't rewarded with it tonight," Collins said.
No. 25 Indiana 103, Illinois 69: Troy Williams scored 21 points and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell finished with 16 points and nine assists, helping the Hoosier rout the visiting Illinois.
It was a milestone night for Ferrell. The senior guard broke Michael Lewis' career record for assists (545) at Indiana. He has 553. Ferrell also moved within 13 points of passing Eric Anderson for No. 10 on the Hoosiers' career scoring list.
The Hoosiers (16-3, 6-0) extended their winning streak to 11 in the rout and set a school record with 19 three-pointers.
Illinois (9-10, 1-5) was led by Malcolm Hill with 20 points.
"They [teammates] want Yogi to succeed because they know that Yogi is going to find them," Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said. "He sets the tone defensively, he sets the tone offensively."