Ranked teams meet as No. 15 Maryland hosts No. 18 Iowa
No. 18 Iowa (15-5, 6-3) vs. No. 15 Maryland (16-4, 6-3)
Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 18 Iowa visits No. 15 Maryland in a Big Ten showdown. Iowa has four wins and two losses against ranked opponents this season, while Maryland has against a ranked team.
SAVVY SENIORS: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have combined to account for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 68 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.LEAPING FOR LUKA: Garza has connected on 37 percent of the 54 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 16 over the last five games. He’s also converted 65.4 percent of his foul shots this season.
STREAK SCORING: Maryland has won its last 11 home games, scoring an average of 74.7 points while giving up 57.9.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Hawkeyes have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Terps. Maryland has an assist on 44 of 67 field goals (65.7 percent) across its previous three outings while Iowa has assists on 51 of 76 field goals (67.1 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Maryland has attempted the second-most free throws among all Big Ten teams. The Terrapins have averaged 22.6 foul shots per game this season.