Another Ranked Test For The Test
No. 24 Maryland (19-7, 10-5) vs. No. 21 Iowa (20-5, 9-5)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 24 Maryland visits No. 21 Iowa in a late season showdown. Maryland has three wins and four losses against ranked opponents this season, while Iowa has won four of its seven games against ranked teams.
FAB FRESHMEN: Maryland’s Jalen Smith, Eric Ayala and Aaron Wiggins have combined to score 40 percent of the team’s points this season, including 51 percent of all Terrapins scoring over the last five games.
FIELD GOALS FOR FERNANDO: Across 26 appearances this season, Maryland’s Bruno Fernando has shot 66.1 percent.
PERFECT WHEN: Iowa is a sterling 17-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 47.3 percent or less. The Hawkeyes are 3-5 when they allow opponents to shoot any better than that.
BEHIND THE ARC: Maryland’s Ayala has attempted 96 3-pointers and connected on 44.8 percent of them, and is 11 for 27 over the past five games.
DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Maryland defense has held opponents to just 64.6 points per game, the 28th-lowest in Division I. Iowa has given up an average of 73 points through 25 games (ranked 202nd, nationally).