Iowa vs. Maryland - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (19-4) at Iowa Hawkeyes (14-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Maryland Terrapins and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Sunday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Maryland Terrapins have won five of their last seven games and are chasing a Big Ten title. On the season, Maryland is averaging 71.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 63.5 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 15.2 points and three assists while Dez Wells is averaging 14.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third double-digit scorer and Richaud Pack is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins have seven players averaging at least 5.1 points, and they’re shooting 74 percent from the line and 37 percent from deep. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in 13 of its last 15 games.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look to get back on track after splitting their last eight games. On the season, Iowa is averaging 69.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 40 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.5 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 74 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 74 or more points in four of its last seven games.
The Terrapins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Iowa's physical style of play and the help from the home crowd should make the difference in this game. Look for the Hawkeyes to grind out a victory and a cover of the small chalk.