#3 Iowa (16-3, 7-0) at #8 Maryland (17-3, 6-2)
When: Thursday, January 28th 2016
Where: Xfinity Center, College Park, MD
Time: 7:00 ET | TV: ESPN
The Iowa Hawkeyes look to remain the only unbeaten team in the Big Ten when they visit the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday night. Iowa has won nine-straight games after Sunday’s 83-71 win over Purdue. Jarrod Uthoff led four Hawkeyes in double-digits with 22 points and Adam Woodbury had 10 rebounds to go along with his 13 points. After shooting 37.2% from 3-point range as a junior, Uthoff is up to 48.3% this season and has hit 15 of his last 27 over the last five games, while scoring 20 points or more in five of his last six games. Peter Jok failed to shoot 50% in five straight games, but has turned it on lately making over half of his shots in each of the last four games. Woodbury is averaging 12.3 points and nine rebounds on 66.6% shooting in the last three contests. Senior guard Anthony Clemmons has posted 17 assists against only three turnovers in his last three games. Iowa will play three straight games against the bottom half of the conference (Penn State, Northwestern, Illinois) before a date at Indiana on February 11th.
Maryland will try and rebound from a loss at Michigan State on Saturday and make this a very interesting Big Ten race. The Terps are 9-0 after a loss the last two seasons, but this will be their toughest home game of the season where they are 11-0. They rebounded from their first conference loss with a 100-65 victory over Ohio State after losing at Michigan. Maryland went cold in the 74-65 loss to the Spartans shooting just 38.6% and missing 19 of their 27 three-point attempts. Melo Trimble led the Terps with 24 points and has 42 points in his last two games. He led all scorers with 20 when Maryland lost to Iowa last season in their only meeting. Jake Layman (10.7 points) has just 15 points total in the last two games while shooting 4-for-16 from the field. They’ll need the senior at his best against Iowa. This is a very good shooting Maryland squad that ranks 5th in the country in FG% (50.3) and 7th in free-throw percentage (76.3).
I’ve been impressed with this Iowa team all season and Maryland seems to be struggling a bit lately. I have to take the points in this one despite Maryland’s perfect home record.
Pick: Iowa +4