|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. 2-seeded Maryland squares off against No. 3-seeded Iowa in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Tipoff occurs at 9 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Terrapins have not played the Hawkeyes since the 1999-00 season, when they won 83-65.
In a 58-57 triumph over Alabama on Mar. 26, Alex Len put up 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Terrapins. On top of his scoring average of 11.8 points per game, he delivers 7.8 rebounds per game. For the Hawkeyes, Roy Devyn Marble finished with 24 points and five assists in the 75-64 win over Virginia on Mar. 27. With 15.1 points per game and 3.0 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. One category in which Iowa is especially proficient is free throw rate at 42.1, ranking second in their conference (and 31st nationally).
- Maryland has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (42 percent vs. 83 percent).
- The Maryland blocks leader (Alex Len, 62 blocks) has more blocks than the Iowa blocks leader (Melsahn Basabe, 40 blocks).
- Maryland is a better shooting team (46.4 percent vs. 42.1 percent) than Iowa this season.
- Maryland has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Iowa according to Kiplinger (63 percent vs. 42 percent).
- Maryland players are more experienced than Iowa players (15,018 minutes played vs. 14,769 minutes played).
- The Maryland rebounding leader (Alex Len, 255 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Iowa rebounding leader (Aaron White, 195 rebounds).
- Maryland embarrassed Iowa by 18 points the last time they played (Nov 30, 1999).
- A for effort, but Maryland has emerged victorious against Iowa the last two times they've played.
- Since 1998, Maryland has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Iowa (10 vs. eight).
- The ACC has had 32 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- Maryland has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Iowa (No. 5 vs. No. 62).