For Iowa to generate any momentum for a possible NCAA Tournament at-large berth, a win Saturday at Maryland is vital.
The Hawkeyes (15-13, 7-8 Big Ten) have an RPI of 108, which is well outside of NCAA consideration. But a road win at Maryland (22-6, 10-5) could bump Iowa slightly toward the NCAA radar. Of course, the Hawkeyes need to do much more than beat the Terrapins, but it could be a valuable first step.
The teams played Jan. 19 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and Maryland won 84-76. This is their fourth meeting as Big Ten opponents.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) February 22, 2017
Iowa basketball vs. Maryland game time, details
Time: 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25
Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Md.
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. Maryland?
ESPN2 will air the game.
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. Maryland online?
ESPN2 streams the game from its WatchESPN app and ESPN3.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. Maryland on the radio?
You can listen nationally on Sirius channel 135/XM channel 195. For Iowa basketball, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. For Maryland basketball, 105.7 FM (WJZ FM-Baltimore) and 980 AM (ESPN-Washington) serve as the flagship stations. Click here for other Maryland affiliates.
Who is calling the Iowa basketball vs. Maryland game?
Jason Benetti will handle play-by-play for ESPN2 with Jim Calhoun providing analysis and Kris Budden giving sideline information. Gary Dolphin handles play-by-play with analyst Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Sports Network. Johnny Holliday calls the action with Chris Knoche providing analysis for the Maryland Sports Radio Network.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) February 23, 2017
Iowa basketball vs. Maryland: 3 keys
Contain Melo Trimble
Trimble, Maryland’s point guard, gushed through the Iowa defense in their previous meeting, which the Terrapins won 84-76 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Trimble scored 20 points that day and nailed 5 of 9 3-point attempts.
“You’ve got to find him in transition,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “You can’t let him get easy looks at 3 because of poor rotations or poor transition pickup. He’s hard enough to guard in every other situation. If you give him those easy looks and really get him going, then obviously in transition if he has the ball he’s also difficult because he’s got more space. He’s a phenomenal layup shooter.”
Iowa stumbled to an 8-0 deficit in the first four minutes of its last game against Maryland. The Hawkeyes rallied to take the lead late in the game, but didn’t have enough energy to pull out the victory.
Iowa is 2-10 when it trails at halftime. On the road in a hostile environment, playing with an early lead and under control is crucial.
Knock down perimeter shots
A primary indicator in the last Iowa-Maryland matchup was how each team shot from 3-point range. Maryland hit 11 of 23 from beyond the arc. Iowa was 7 of 28. The Hawkeyes are 12-3 when they have a better 3-point percentage than their opponent.
Among Big Ten schools, Maryland ranks fifth in 3-point percentage, while Iowa is seventh. Iowa’s Peter Jok, who has missed three games, ranks third in the league with 67 3-pointers.