Iowa was coming off a good overtime win at home against a solid Indiana team. The Maryland Terrapins had lost two in a row, both teams were looking to build their resume.
The first four minutes of the game were so key for Iowa tonight. They let Indiana jump out to a big lead on Tuesday night and couldn't let Maryland do the same on Saturday. Iowa did a good job of that from the get go and it was a couple of freshmen that led Iowa. Both Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon were good throughout the entire game, but it started from the tip.
The teams battled over the first 15 minutes, trading baskets back and forth, and the lead on a couple separate occasions. From the five minute mark to the end of the half, it was all Iowa.
Iowa built a double digit lead with under two minutes left in the half, but the Terrapins were able to close out the half trailing by just 7 points.
The Hawkeyes built a double digit lead with just over 16 minutes left in the game and the Terrapins never got it back down to single digits as Iowa coasted to an 83-69 victory over Maryland on Saturday night.
They made their open shots, limited their turnovers, and held Maryland's guards under control. Tyler Cook was able to really take advantage down low with Damonte Dodd in foul trouble. He ended the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds in what was probably his best game as a Hawkeye. Jordan Bohannon, who was a nightmare for Maryland from the get go, led the Hawkeyes scoring 24 points on 8-of-10 from three point land. He also added five assists.
This was a big road win for a team that is battling for an NIT berth. They still have an outside shot at the NCAA tournament, but I don't think they can lose anymore games this season if they're going to do so.
This was a good step in the right direction for the Hawkeyes. Iowa now visits Wisconsin on March 2nd. That game will tip off at 8pm on ESPN.