NIT Semifinal Odds: Iowa vs. Maryland
The No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes will take on the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins late on Tuesday night in the second semifinal of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Iowa bounced No. 1 Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NIT last time out, winning 75-64 despite being listed as a 4.5-point underdog for the contest at the sportsbooks. Maryland is coming off a slim 58-57 win over No. 1 Alabama in the quarterfinals.
Maryland battles the Hawkeyes, currently sitting with a 24-12 mark (23-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-14 for the Terrapins and 13-18-1 for the Hawkeyes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 25-rated Iowa taking on the No. 29-rated Terrapins in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 75-74 win for the Hawkeyes on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hawkeyes is ranked No. 13 in NCAA hoops at 39.1 per game. Contrast that with Maryland’s No. 3 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Maryland is the No. 213-ranked team in the country at 5.8 per game, while Iowa rates No. 255 at 5.4 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Iowa owns the country's No. 168-rated mark, allowing 69.2 points per game on the highway. Maryland, on the other hand, rates No. 71 in scoring at home.
Iowa was a 75-64 winner in its last match on the road against Virginia. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Iowa got 24 points from Roy Devyn Marble en route to a 75-64 victory over Virginia on Wednesday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Maryland was a 58-57 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Alabama. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. The Terrapins grabbed a 58-57 win over the Crimson Tide on Tuesday, behind a 15-point effort from Alex Len at Coleman Coliseum.
A few Hawkeyes at Terrapins trends to consider:
Maryland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Maryland's last 6 games