Iowa Falls To Maryland: The Takeaways

Iowa falters for the first time in conference play as Maryland takes down the Hawkeyes at home.

Iowa is no longer undefeated in conference play as they fall on the road to Maryland 74-68. The Terrapins improve to 7-2 in the Big Ten while the Hawkeyes are knocked down a peg, at 7-1. Their 7-1 record in the league is still good for first place, tied alongside Indiana. 

It was a night where Iowa grinde away and actually competed very well. The game was closer than it probably should have and Iowa still had a chance to walk away with a win.

They shot the ball poorly, unable to get anything going from the perimeter on a consistent basis. It was one of the poorer nights of Jarrod Uthoff's career, as he shot just 2-13 from the field which resulted in only 9 points. Peter Jok lead the way with 14 in the loss, followed by 12 from Mike Gesell and 11 each from Adam Woodbury and Anthony Clemmons. 

It was the third consecutive double-double for Adam Woodbury.

Here are Hawkeye Insider's takeaways.

FREE THROW SHOOTING

I've mentioned it before this game that closing games out was a question mark for this team. Whether it was the offense sinking into a funk or not converting at the line, or losing big leads like against Iowa State, this has been an achilles' heel for Iowa. It happened again tonight. Those misses by Mike Gesell really hurt late in the game. They were 9-15 as a team from the charity stripe.

HAWKEYES DID BATTLE

When you consider everything, this was a game Iowa should have likely lost by more than six. But it goes to show you that Maryland wasn't particularly playing their best basketball either. Iowa struggled at the line, Uthoff didn't affect the game like usual, they didn't shoot the ball well, and they were on the road but still gave themselves an opportunity to win. That's a good sign for the future. 

CLEMMONS TAKING IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL

Jarrod Uthoff is magnificent. Peter Jok has shot the lights out lately but the leaps Anthony Clemmons have been tremendous. He is so aggressive and so quick with the basketball. He's also the best on-ball defender Iowa has in my estimation. His play has been taken to another level in the past month and that makes the Hawkeyes that more dangerous in March. 

WOODBURY HAS TO STAY ON THE FLOOR

I've said it nearly after every game so I won't beat a dead horse either but his presence is vital. Rebounding and defense takes a hit when he's not out there. Three straight double-doubles for him and they are not the same team when he's not on the floor. Without him, they lose on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. With him, they play on. 

HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE BALL

Iowa was not as sound on the offensive end as they usually are. They coughed the ball up 11 times and many of them lead to some run-outs and easy points for the Terps. It wasn't atrocious but if wanting to win against a talented team in a hostile arena, they have to be less generous with the basketball.


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