College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: Maryland vs. Iowa
A pair of nationally ranked Big Ten programs will face off in one of this evening’s featured college
basketball matchups. The #24 Maryland Terrapins are on the road to face the Iowa Hawkeyes in a
meeting of two teams separated by just a half-game in the conference standings.
Date/Time/TV: Tues. Feb.19, 8:00 PM EST, BTN
Spread: Iowa Hawkeyes -2 (-110)
The Terrapins were in action on Saturday at Michigan. They exited the court on the wrong side of a
13-point decision. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak. Maryland enters tonight’s game
with a record of 19-7 (13-12-1 ATS) and a 2-2 mark for the month of February.
The Hawkeyes have won four in a row and are perfect for the month. They also played on Saturday,
escaping Rutgers with a 2-point victory. That was the second nail-biter in a row for the squad, as they
picked up a 1-point home decision over Northwestern their previous time out. Iowa is 20-5 (12-13
ATS) on the season.
After a 13-3 start to the season, Maryland has leveled out somewhat in conference play. The team is
6-4 (5-5 ATS) over its last 10. The Terrapins are decent on the road with a mark of 5-4 (6-3 ATS)
thus far. In recent away games, the team is just 1-2.
Team totals stand at 12-14 for the season with the Under coming in for the last three. Anthony
Cowan Jr. is the team’s leading scorer with averages of 15.8 ppg and 4.5 dimes. Bruno Fernando is
next up with 14.5 ppg and 10.6 boards, while Jalen Smith is chipping in with 11.8 ppg.
Iowa’s current four-game streak started with a 15-point home win over Michigan on February 1. The
team has been playing really well in general with a mark of 8-2 (6-4 ATS) over the last 10. Iowa is
strong at home with a record of 13-2 (6-9 ATS) thus far.
Team totals have been over for three of the last five and check in at 12-13 for the year. Tyler Cook
leads the way in scoring with 16.3 ppg and 8.1 boards. Luke Garza is next up with 13.5 ppg and 4.8
rpg. Joe Wieskamp contributes 11.8 ppg, while Jordan Bohannon adds in 11.4 ppg.
Maryland vs. Iowa Prediction
Maryland has won three of the last four meetings of these two programs. Last year, they picked up a
91-73 home win, easily covering as 7.5-point favorites. Totals are 2-2 for the last four. Iowa is
installed as a 2-point home favorite tonight.
The Hawkeyes get the edge on offense, while the Terrapins are the stronger defensive squad.
Maryland is 10-5 in conference play while Iowa is 9-5. The Hawkeyes have been the better team on
an overall basis of late, and we like them to defend the home court and come out on top.
Maryland Terrapins vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes -2 (-110)