The Terps came into Saturday’s matchup against Iowa looking to bounce back but suffered a 83-69 loss instead. The loss marks the Terps’ first three-game losing streak of the season.
Both teams came out of the gate with fast paced offenses. Iowa found most of their success from beyond the three-point line, starting the game 6-8. Maryland scored a similar amount but needed twice as many shots to match the Hawkeyes.
This pace of play continued throughout the first half as both teams found success from their three-point heavy offense. As a result, the score remained close. At the break Iowa led 47-40. Both teams scored half of their points with the three ball, shooting a combined 32 three pointers.
At the break, Justin Jackson and Jaylen Brantley led the Terps with eight points each while Tyler Cook led the way for the Hawkeyes with 15 points and seven rebounds.
In the second half, Maryland briefly cut into the deficit but Iowa quickly regained control and extended their lead to 14 by the 15 minute mark. Jordan Bohannon was lights out for the Hawkeyes, knocking down a handful of three pointers during their run.
In an effort to keep up with Iowa, the Terps put up a lot of three pointers. The problem was, they didn’t have the same touch that the Hawkeyes had all night. A lot of these shots were taken early in the shot clock and were just plain unnecessary.
With just over five minutes to play, Iowa took a 77-56 lead and the Xfinity Center erupted with boo’s. The Hawkeyes held onto their lead throughout the final minutes as the sellout crowd headed for the exits. When the final buzzer sounded Iowa had finished off an impressive 83-69 win.
Iowa’s Bohannon finished with 24 points and five assists, shooting 8-10 from beyond the arc. This performance was just a microcosm of the entire Hawkeye team. Yes, Maryland did play poorly but Iowa was unbelievable, especially from beyond the three point line. I could have see them easily winning even if Maryland was on their game.
We knew coming into this game that the Terps would not be ranked on Monday but this loss hurts their resume even more. Getting blown out by a bubble team at home is unacceptable. The final two games just became must win scenarios for Maryland. It starts on Tuesday when the Terps travel to play a last place Rutgers team.