Iowa Hawkeyes vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 1/7/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Iowa (-5)
The Maryland Terrapins (6-5) host the Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2) at XFINITY Center on Thursday. Maryland opens this matchup as 5-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 154.
Iowa will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 9-2 for the season. The Hawkeyes are shooting 37.3% on shots from beyond the arc (114 of 306) and 72.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 92.7 pts per contest (5th in Division 1) while connecting on 47.9% from the floor. They turn the ball over 9.9 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Iowa is grabbing 42.1 rebounds per contest and has tallied 228 dimes on the year, which ranks 1st in D-1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Hawkeyes are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per game and they draw 20.6 personal fouls. They give up 35.6% on shots from downtown while they are 262nd in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (74.0). The Hawkeyes defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 41.6% (304 of 731) and they relinquish 38.6 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 337th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 183 conceded so far this season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes took the court against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and walked away with a win by a score of 77-75 in their last contest. Iowa finished having earned a 46.4% FG percentage (26 of 56) and converted 7 out of their 18 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Hawkeyes buried 18 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 78.3%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 37 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 dimes for the contest in addition to having 8 steals and 9 blocked shots. When it comes to defending, Iowa allowed the other team to go 46.4% from the field on 26 of 56 shooting. Rutgers dished out 19 assists and had 11 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Scarlet Knights totaled 36 rebounds (15 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 9 blocks. Rutgers finished the game shooting 33.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 4 of 12 shots. They buried 9 of their 23 shots from 3-point land.
Luka Garza is a player who came through for this game. He was able to score 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting. He played for 35 minutes played and also grabbed 4 boards. Garza walked away from this one shooting 81.8% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Hawkeyes was Keegan Murray. He snagged 9 rebounds and also tallied 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field for the contest by shooting 4-of-8 (14 points). Overall, Murray was on the hardwood for 23 minutes.
Maryland has a win-loss mark of 6-5 so far this season. The Terrapins are committing 15.5 personal fouls per game and they hit 68.3% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 13.6 times per contest (174th in college basketball) and they turn it over 10.4 times per game. Maryland has tallied 799 pts this year (72.6 per game) and they average 34.5 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Terrapins are shooting 47.4% from the field, which ranks 80th in the nation. The Terrapins are ranked 102nd in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 66.6. The Maryland defense surrenders 34.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (88 of 255) and opponents are converting on 66.5% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 11.9 assists and 32.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 126th and 80th in those categories. They are able to force 10.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 42.9% from the floor (193rd in the nation).
In their last game, the Maryland Terrapins took a defeat with a final score of 63-55 against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Terrapins were able to pull down 26 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 32 for this contest. They turned away 2 attempts while earning 4 steals in this game. The Hoosiers had 13 fouls in this game which took the Terrapins to the charity stripe for 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throws for a rate of 53.3%. In the matter of shots from distance, Maryland buried 7 of their 25 attempts (28.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Terrapins shot 20 for 52 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.5%. The Terrapins allowed the Hoosiers to bury 22 of 59 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.3% in the game. They finished 18.2% from distance by going 4 of 22 and finished the contest at 15 out of 18 at the free throw line (83.3%). When talking about attacking the glass, Maryland allowed Indiana to collect 37 in total (10 offensive).
Aaron Wiggins pitched in for the Terrapins for the game. He made 8 of 15 for this game giving him a rate of 53.3%, which had him sitting at 22 points. Wiggins totaled 10 boards in his 36 minutes played and earned 2 assists in the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Maryland was Hakim Hart. He was able to score 10 points in his 32 minutes played via 3 of 8 from the floor for the game. Hart ended the game having shot 37.5% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Maryland (+5) and over 154 points
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