The Big Ten only had one matchup on Friday night, but it was a big one in Iowa City as Maryland went on the road to face the Hawkeyes. Iowa ended up pulling off the upset.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Iowa Hawkeyes 67, No. 12 Maryland Terrapins 49
Heading into Friday night’s matchup, these two teams were heading in opposite directions. Iowa had lost two in a row, while Maryland had won three in a row. The question was whether the Terps could keep up the momentum on the road against a quality opponent.
Early on, Maryland did really well. The Terps actually led for awhile and were competitive for much of the first half. However, Iowa took control in the second half thanks to 26 points from Joe Wieskamp. All told, Iowa grabbed a 67-49 win.
Considering Iowa’s recent struggles, pulling off an upset of this magnitude will obviously go a long way toward the team’s postseason hopes. Maryland was ranked 12th nationally and had an impressive resume. It was Iowa’s first win against a top 20 KenPom team this season. The win pushed the team to 11-5 overall and to 2-3 in league play.
For Maryland, Friday was a disappointment, but nothing to be ashamed about moving forward. The Terps simply fell short on the road against a really good Iowa team. Sometimes you lose on the road. That’s just how it works in college basketball and Maryland was on the short end of that stick on Friday. The loss dropped the team to 13-3 overall.
Iowa will now get a few days off before going on the road to face Northwestern. Meanwhile, Maryland will hope to bounce back on the road against Wisconsin on Tuesday.