Iowa vs. Maryland Pick
Can Maryland avoid a letdown at home when the Terrapins play host to Iowa tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Maryland is favored at home, as the Terrapins are getting odds of -8 points against Iowa. The over/under total for the game is listed at 151 points. These two meet up from the XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland and will air live on FS1.
Iowa has lost back-to-back games to Ohio State and Michigan to fall to 0-4 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are 9-8 overall and 5-6-2 against the spread. Prior to these losses this week, Iowa had covered in four straight. Iowa is scoring 81.2 points per game on offense while allowing 74.1 per contest on defense. Tyler Cook is averaging 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game to lead Iowa while Jordan Bohannon is adding 11.8 points and 5 assists per game.
Maryland is coming off a 91-61 thrashing at the hands of Michigan State to fall to 2-2 in the Big Ten. The Terps are 13-4 overall and 8-5 against the spread. Maryland has covered in four of its last five lined games. Maryland is putting up 76.9 points per game this season while allowing 65 per game. The Terps are being led by Anthony Cowan, who is averaging 16.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Kevin Huerter is adding 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Iowa has won and covered in three of the last five meetings with Maryland. Neither team is inspiring a lot of confidence right now, but I don’t think Iowa has a team that can compete in the Big Ten. On the road, Iowa is giving up 80 points per game and scoring just 65.7. Maryland hasn’t been playing all that poorly prior to the loss to MSU this week. I think that loss won’t affect the Terps tonight. The public betting is backing Maryland slightly and I side with them.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: MARYLAND -8