Aengus Moorehead NCAAB Picks: Iowa Looks to Stay Perfect in Big Ten, Visits Conference Foe Maryland
Thursday, January 28, 2016
by Aengus Moorehead
Hawkeyes: 16-3 SU,11-7 ATS
Terrapins: 17-3 SU,9-10-1 ATS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Where: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
All eyes will be in the state of Maryland tonight in a conference battle between two top-ten teams with the Iowa Hawkeyes set to take the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center in College Park.
Ever since their heart-breaking loss to Iowa State on December 10, the Hawkeyes have won their next nine games to catapult themselves up the Big Ten league. They boast a 16-3 overall record and an untarnished 7-0 conference mark, which is good for top spot.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Terrapins head into this matchup aiming to move on from a nine-point loss to Michigan State last Saturday night. In that game, the Terps struggled to rack up the points as they only shot 38.6% collectively. The lone bright spot was only Melo Trimble, who delivered team-highs of 24 points and seven rebounds.
Matching up with one of the best offensive teams in the league is no easy task, but Maryland won’t be intimidated by Iowa’s loaded offense (81.7 PPG) at all. The Terps’ defense has been pretty solid thus far this season, yielding just 64.1 PPG (23rd in the nation). But if for some reason they can’t take care of business at this side of the court, the offense will have to pick up the slack through their reliable stars in Trimble, Robert Carter and Diamond Stone.
Trimble leads the team in scoring (14.5) and assists (5.7) this season and has also finished in double-figures in six of his last 10 outings. Carter (13.2 PPG) and Stone (13.2 PPG), on the other hand, are coming off quiet performances opposite the Spartans, but they can certainly pile up the points at any given moment and cause trouble for opposing teams in various ways.
A testament to their success has been none other than their dynamic one-two punch in Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok. The two lead the team in scoring this season, posting 18.9 PPG and 14.7 PGG respectively. Uthoff, in particular, has been quite impressive lately with averages of 21.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 2.7 BPG in his previous six games. He’s also gone 16-of-30 from three-point territory during that stretch.
Defense, however, is arguably the most important thing that the Hawkeyes will need to focus on. They’ll be trying to stop the Terrapins’ trio of scoring monsters in Trimble, Carter and Stone, who are all putting double-figure numbers this year. Iowa’s defense is surrendering 67.0 PPG in its current nine-game winning streak.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Maryland Terrapins Early Odds & Betting Lines
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Last time out for Maryland, they were a 74-65 loser as they battled Spartans on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +3.5-point underdog.
In their last action, Iowa was a 83-71 winner at home against Boilermakers. They covered the -2.5-point spread as favorites.
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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Maryland Terrapins Betting Trends
Current Streak: won 9 straight games.
Iowa is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games
Maryland is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland's last 5 games
Maryland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Iowa home to Northwestern Sunday, January 31
Maryland at Ohio State Sunday, January 31
Maryland is a different team at home, but Iowa is arguably the hottest team in the country right now having beaten four ranked teams in their last seven contests by an average 8.25 per game. Look for the Hawkeyes to continue their dominance. Take Iowa +4 and the over 146.