Iowa picked up its third Top-25 win of the season Saturday, upending No. 24 Maryland, 83-69, in College Park, Md.
For the third straight month, the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten) have beaten a ranked opponent. They beat then-No. 25 Iowa State in December and then-No. 17 Purdue in January.
Iowa has won two straight. Maryland’s third straight loss all but eliminates the Terrapins (22-7, 10-6) from Big Ten title contention. They are two games behind conference leader Purdue in the loss column with two games remaining.
Why it happened
The Hawkeyes kept hitting 3-pointers and Maryland couldn’t stop them. Iowa was 16 of 26 from beyond the arc, consistently hitting them throughout the contest. Freshman guard Jordan Bohannon led the way with eight 3-pointers, a freshman single-game record and one shy of the school record held by Chris Kingsbury, who accomplished it twice in 1994. Justin Johnson (twice) and Devan Bawinkel have also made eight 3-pointers in a game.
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) February 26, 2017
Also, Iowa’s zone defense kept Maryland from attacking the paint. The defense neutralized Maryland’s leading scorer, Melo Trimble, who scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.
What it means for Iowa
The odds of a NIT berth greatly improved on Saturday. Iowa is 16-13 but can’t finish below .500 if it wants to play in the postseason tournament. Two more wins, be it in the final two regular-season games — at No. 16 Wisconsin and at home against Penn State — or the Big Ten Tournament, might allow the Hawkeyes sneak into the NIT. It might take three wins, and Iowa is far from a lock to make it.
Who starred for Iowa?
Forward Tyler Cook and Bohannon didn’t look like freshman. Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds while Bohannon finished with 24 points and five assists. They were two of the biggest reasons the Hawkeyes built a double-digit, first-half lead and went into the break up 47-40.
Tyler Cook with 15 points, 7 rebounds. Easily the best half of his career. One of the best of Bohannon's too
— Don Doxsie (@Dox5) February 25, 2017
Who stumbled for Iowa?
Forward Ryan Kriener was the odd man out of the rotation on Saturday. He only played two minutes and his only statistic was one turnover.
Who was there?
Former Iowa player Bobby Hansen, a member of the 1980 Final Four team, called the contest on the Iowa Radio Network.
Who is next for Iowa?
The Hawkeyes travel to No. 16 Wisconsin (22-6, 11-4) on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Iowa dismantled No. 24 Maryland 83-69. pic.twitter.com/PecgagV6r5
— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) February 26, 2017