Keys to the game: Iowa vs. Maryland

(Noah K. Murray/USA Today sports)

After a second consecutive buzzer-beating victory over the weekend, the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes (20-5, 9-5) return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday night for a Big Ten matchup with 24th-ranked Maryland (19-7, 10-5). The game will be televised on Big Ten Network, with Dave Revsine and Robbie Hummel on the call. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05pm CST.

Last time out

For the second game in a row, a three-pointer in the final seconds lifted Iowa to victory. Joe Wieskamp’s desperation heave from the corner gave the Hawkeyes a stunning 71-69 win at Rutgers. With that, the Hawkeyes got their 20th win of the season, marking the fifth time in the last seven seasons the program has reached the 20-win mark.

Maryland is coming off a 65-52 road loss at the hands of 7th-ranked Michigan, turning the ball over 16 times in the game, with 13 of those coming in the first half, and dropping head coach Mark Turgeon’s record against ranked teams to 0-19.

Projected starters


G Jordan Bohannon (11.4 ppg, 3.5 apg)

G Isaiah Moss (9.9 ppg)

G Joe Wieskamp (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

F Tyler Cook (16.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg)

F Luka Garza (13.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg)


G Anthony Cowan (15.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.5 apg)

G Eric Ayala (8.8 ppg)

G Darryl Morsell (7.6 ppg)

F Bruno Fernando (15.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg)

F Jalen Smith (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

Keys to the game

Turnovers: The Terrapins rank dead last in the Big Ten in turnover margin. In 15 conference games, they’ve turned the ball over 80 more times than their opponents, an average of just over five more turnovers per game. While the Hawkeyes are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to forcing opponents to cough the ball up, the opportunity is there to take advantage of a Maryland team who hasn’t exactly valued possessing the basketball over the course of the Big Ten season. Of course, turnovers really mean nothing unless you do something with them, so it will be imperative for Iowa to turn those opportunities into points when they present themselves.

Protect the paint: This is something that has plagued Iowa all season, and their league-worst 55.5% opponent two-point field goal percentage proves it. Both Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith will be playing in the NBA next year, and the Hawkeyes could have a heck of a time trying to keep them away from the rim on Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see how Iowa decides to defend – play zone and try to pack more bodies in the paint, or play man and try to help Garza and Cook when they can. Either way, they might be leaving themselves open to a Maryland team that comes into the game ranked fourth in the conference in three-point percentage. Granted, their 37.8% mark from long range isn’t eye-popping, but they can knock down open looks—especially Ayala (42.1% in conference games) and freshman Aaron Wiggins (45.2%).

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