Iowa vs. Maryland: Full Game Preview
|Iowa||R Devyn Marble 15.1||A White 6.1||R Devyn Marble 3.0|
|Maryland||D Wells 13.2||A Len 7.8||P Howard 3.6|
No. 3-seeded Iowa battles No. 2-seeded Maryland in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Hawkeyes have not played the Terrapins since the 1999-00 season, when they fell 83-65.
The Hawkeyes got past Virginia 75-64 on Mar. 27 with the help of 24 points and five assists from Roy Devyn Marble. He leads the team with 15.1 points per game and 3.0 assists per game. For the Terrapins, Alex Len put up 15 points and 13 rebounds in the 58-57 win over Alabama on Mar. 26. With 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. The Four Factors in which Maryland stands out are offensive rebounding percentage at 36.7 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.3.
- Even computers respect Iowa more. Iowa has a better RPI this season than Maryland (RPI: No. 74 vs. No. 85).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big Ten.
- The Big Ten has a much better average team RPI than the ACC (64 vs. 86).
- The Iowa steals leader (Aaron White, 35 steals) has more steals than the Maryland steals leader (Nick Faust, 30 steals).
- Last year the Big Ten had a stronger schedule compared to the ACC (No. 1 vs. No. 5).
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Michigan (1.55) and Wisconsin (1.39) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the ACC leader, North Carolina (1.38).
- Last year the Big Ten had a better conference RPI than the ACC (No. 1 vs. No. 6).
- Iowa is ranked higher than Maryland in their conference (No. 6 vs. No. 7).
- Iowa has a stronger schedule than Maryland this season (SOS Rank: No. 103 vs. No. 109).
- The Iowa scoring leader (Roy Devyn Marble, 424 points) has more points than the Maryland scoring leader (Dezmine Wells, 379 points).
- The Big Ten performed much better in non-conference close games than the ACC (70.8 percent vs. 45.5 percent).