No. 5 Iowa returns to court on Thursday against Maryland in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Xfinity Center in College Park. Game time for this fixture is slated for 7 p.m. ET.
No. 5 Iowa vs. Maryland
Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
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Iowa enters this game in search of a third straight win since losing to the previously unranked Minnesota on Christmas Day. After losing to the Golden Gophers, the Hawkeyes (9-2, 3-1 Big Ten) beat then-No. 14 Rutgers last Sunday and picked up an 87-72 win over Northwestern on Dec. 29.
Meanwhile, Maryland is coming off back-to-back defeats against Indiana and Michigan. The Terrapins (6-5, 1-4 Big Ten) have won just one of their three games against ranked opponents this season after getting past then-No. 6 Wisconsin 70-64 on the road on Dec. 28.
According to Automated Insights: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon have combined to account for 55 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 77 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.
According to Automated Insights: Garza has connected on 48.7 percent of the 39 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 20 over the last five games. He’s also converted 73.5 percent of his free throws this season.
According to Automated Insights: Iowa is a perfect 7-0 when the team makes at least 71.4 percent of its free throws. The Hawkeyes are 2-2 when they shoot below 71.4 percent from the line.
According to Automated Insights: “The Hawkeyes have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Terps. Maryland has an assist on 33 of 74 field goals (44.6 percent) over its past three outings while Iowa has assists on 47 of 83 field goals (56.6 percent) during its past three games.”
According to Automated Insights: The Iowa offense has recorded a turnover on only 13.4 percent of its possessions, which is the fourth-lowest rate in the nation. The Maryland defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 16.7 percent of all possessions (ranked 302nd among Division I teams).