By Dallas Jones
IOWA CITY, IA – Monday night will bring together two teams that are both looking to capture their first conference wins as the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3, 0-2) host the Maryland Terrapins (8-4, 0-1).
The two teams are also both 3-3 in their last six games, each currently on a three game winning streak. The key to the Hawkeyes success has been creating turnovers and turning them into points on offense.
These teams have split the last four matchups, with the most recent game resulting in a 89-67 Hawkeye win on January 7th, 2021.
Iowa has limited its turnovers in each of the first 13 games. The Hawkeyes are second in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97); fifth in fewest turnovers per game (8.8); and eighth in turnover margin (6.5).
Maryland on the other hand is a much more defensive minded team compared to the Hawkeyes as they rank tied for 222nd in the country in offensive rating compared to the second ranked Hawkeyes.
If the Hawkeyes can continue to improve their rebounding and not give Maryland extra possessions, it will be hard for the Terrapins to keep up.
Maryland is lead by Eric Ayala (14.9ppg) and Fatts Russel (12.3ppg), while the Hawkeyes are led by the nations leading scorer Keegan Murray at 23.7 points per game on 58.4% from the field.
Watch what the Hawkeyes had to say about getting back into Big Ten play after their win over Western Illinois: