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Iowa Could Be A Dangerous Home Underdog Hosting No. 12 Maryland

Maryland vs Iowa NCAAB Betting Odds January 10, 2020

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 14-15 SU and 19-9-1 ATS in 29 games as a home underdog since 2011. The Hawkeyes will try to pick up a win in their first instance as a home dog this season when they host the Maryland Terrapins.

Maryland Terrapins vs Iowa Hawkeyes

Opening Odds Analysis

While the line on the game has remained steady with Maryland going off as a 2-point road favorite, the total has seen some movement with the line moving 2 full points down to 146.5 points. Five of the last seven games between these two teams have gone UNDER the posted total.

Maryland News & Notes

The Terrapins rank 31st in the nation on defense, allowing only 61.3 points per game. Maryland’s strong play in the defensive zone and an offense run through senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. has led the Terrapins to a 13-2 SU and 7-8 ATS start through their first 15 games.

While Maryland has enjoyed success at home with a 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS record, it is still looking for its first road win of the season with an 0-2 SU and ATS record away from home at non-neutral sites in 2019-20.

In their last five games against the Hawkeyes, the Terrapins are 4-1 SU and ATS. This run includes wins and covers in each of Maryland’s last two road games against Iowa.

Iowa News & Notes

Iowa has struggled with inconsistency this season in its 10-5 SU and 9-5-1 ATS start. The Hawkeyes have earned some impressive upsets on the road against Texas Tech, Syracuse and Iowa State, but they’ve also suffered some disappointing losses as a big favorite at home against DePaul back in November and on the road against Nebraska last Tuesday.

One thing that has been consistent this season is the play of junior center Luka Garza, who leads the team in points (22.1), rebounds (10.7) and blocks (1.5) per game. Garza is leading an offense that ranks 23rd in the nation in scoring with 80.4 points per game, but the defense is lagging behind, allowing 70.7 points per game to rank 224th in the country. Iowa is 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS at home this season.

Betting Pick: Iowa +2

Maryland enters this game coming off a huge win at home against Ohio State while Iowa is coming off a frustrating pair of losses on the road. The Hawkeyes should be the hungrier team in this one and could ride their home-court advantage to an upset win.

Shark Bites
  • Maryland is 0-2 SU and ATS on the road this season. 
  • Iowa is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The UNDER has hit in 6 of Maryland’s last 8 games.