Maryland Terrapins at Iowa Hawkeyes
The No. 21 Iowa Hawkeyes will host the No. 24 Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday night in a Big Ten
showdown. The Hawkeyes have won four straight games, including Saturday’s crazy ending at Rutgers
when Joe Wieskamp banked in a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left for an 71-69 victory. The game before
that, Jordan Bohnnon hit a game-winning 3-pointer with less than one second remaining to take down
Northwestern 80-79. The Iowa Hawkeyes are -2 in this game over Maryland.
“We have a group that is executing well, whether we are running our late-game action or set plays or
whatever,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said Monday, via Rivals.com. “We have good ball-handlers and
passers. We don’t have turnover guys. I think we have intelligent guys who understand time and score and
what we need. We are defending better … so it’s a collective thing with personnel and what we are doing.”
Hawkeyes Seeking 21st
Iowa is 20-9 on the season and 9-5 in Big Ten action this season. This will be the last chance this season
for Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon to beat a ranked team on the road. He is 0-19 going up against those
circumstances in his eight years with Maryland. In their last game against Michigan, the Terrapins fell
short to their conference rival 65-52. That loss pushes their season record to 19-7, as that pushes their
conference record to 10-5. They sit at 4th place in the Big Ten, a spot ahead of Iowa.
Iowa big man Tyler Cook will try to live up to the challenge, as he is averaging team-highs of 16.3 points
and 8.1 rebounds. The Hawkeyes have a better 3-point attack than the Terrapins. Led by Wieskamp, who
is shooting 44.9 percent (44 of 98) from deep and on pace to set the freshman record. Second on the
team is Bohannon, who is shooting 46.7 percent (43 of 92) from beyond the arc in the past 16 games.
Terrapins Need Bruno to be Large
Maryland will likely need a big game from 6-foot-10 sophomore Bruno Fernando, who just missed his
eighth consecutive double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds against Michigan. He went scoreless
during the first half, which coach Turgeon said had consequences at the other end.
“He let his offense affect his defense,” Turgeon said in the Baltimore Sun. “We were playing four-on-five
out there defensively, and Bruno has been one of our best defenders, right? That was the most
disappointing thing. I can handle the missed jump hooks. You’ve got to bring it at the other end. He hasn’t
done that all year. The second half he was terrific. He was much better.”
Fernando is second on the team in scoring, as he averages 14.5 points and leads the team with 10.6
rebounds per game. The Terrapins also have Jalen Smith, who is a 6-10 freshman and averaging 6.8
rebounds. This has helped Maryland post a plus-10.4 average rebounding margin, second-best in the
nation entering Monday.
Hawkeyes Win at Home
This will be the only time these two teams face off this season, as the Terrapins won last season’s
meeting 91-73. Fernando finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. We like the Hawkeyes to win this
game at home. Bet Iowa -2.