**Iowa vs. Maryland Basketball - 1/30/20 - 7:30pm - BTN**

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Iowa is #14 in KenPom. #3 Offense and #78 Defense.

Maryland is #10 in KenPom. #27 Offense and #10 Defense.

They are a lot harder to beat at home. This will be a hard one to win, but with the way they shot against Wisconsin maybe Iowa is on fire and wins.
 

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if they pull this off I might drown in jizz (mine).
 

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15-5 overall. 6-3 in the Big Ten.

They would likely be a lock for the NCAA Tournament even if they finished 4-7. At this point they are playing for a Big Ten Championship, first day bye in the BTT and a high seed number and location in the NCAA Tournament.
 

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15-5 overall. 6-3 in the Big Ten.

They would likely be a lock for the NCAA Tournament even if they finished 4-7. At this point they are playing for a Big Ten Championship, first day bye in the BTT and a high seed number and location in the NCAA Tournament.
They’re playing for a double bye at this point. 4 wins and they’re a lock. 5 of the next 8 are on the road though and one of the home games is Illinois.
 

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They’re playing for a double bye at this point. 4 wins and they’re a lock. 5 of the next 8 are on the road though and one of the home games is Illinois.
Sorry, I meant double bye.

People need to still be realistic and realize as you point out their schedule is hard the rest of the way. It wouldn't surprise me if they only finished 5-6 over their last 11 games, but hope they are different and go at least 7-4.
 

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guys, I can’t stand in at the sculpture park in this one

I need someone to take this
 

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Obviously won’t get as many calls in this one either. They are going to maul Garza. Need Wieskamp to finally hit some 3s on the road.
 
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Doesn't Maryland have a bunch of skinny black guys for post players?

No players on this year's roster who will get Dolph into trouble.
 

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Sorry, I meant double bye.

People need to still be realistic and realize as you point out their schedule is hard the rest of the way. It wouldn't surprise me if they only finished 5-6 over their last 11 games, but hope they are different and go at least 7-4.
The 5 or 6 seed would be a real shit seed this year. Of course things will change, but it would mean drawing Ohio State or Michigan for your first game.
 

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Iowa is #14 in KenPom. #3 Offense and #78 Defense.

Maryland is #10 in KenPom. #27 Offense and #10 Defense.

They are a lot harder to beat at home. This will be a hard one to win, but with the way they shot against Wisconsin maybe Iowa is on fire and wins.
Kenpom's still got them projected at 21-10. This game and @MSU are the only games where they'll be big underdogs, but the Giant Douche is such a gauntlet there's a lot of tossups between now and March.
 

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Kenpom's still got them projected at 21-10. This game and @MSU are the only games where they'll be big underdogs, but the Giant Douche is such a gauntlet there's a lot of tossups between now and March.
It is more than a lot, I think every game will be a virtual toss up other than Nebrantska. Can't see any point spread being more than 5 at home and they likely won't be favored in any road game.
 

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The contrast between Wisconsin and Maryland will be stark. Going from an unathletic team that is hyper disciplined and doesn't turn the ball over or take stupid shots to a hyper athletic team that will take completely idiotic shots and turn the ball over.
 

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Line opened at Maryland -5 and is at -5.5 or -6 now.
 

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I like our chances in this one.
 

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The contrast between Wisconsin and Maryland will be stark. Going from an unathletic team that is hyper disciplined and doesn't turn the ball over or take stupid shots to a hyper athletic team that will take completely idiotic shots and turn the ball over.
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No. 18 Iowa at No. 15 Maryland (-5½), 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network): It’s odd to see Maryland favored by two possessions, because the last time these two met, the game wasn’t close. Iowa whipped the Terrapins by 18 points at home on Jan. 10. Maryland looked listless from the opening tip in that one, and the Hawkeyes just housed them. But even though the Terps finally got their first two road victories last week, they’ve been much better at home this season, going 11-0 at Xfinity Center. Can Mark Turgeon’s team manage a 24-point swing in a little less than three weeks to cover this spread? That will be hard to do against an Iowa club that’s riding a five-game winning streak. The Big Ten road is a strange, unforgiving place, but this seems like a point or two too many. The pick: Iowa
 

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Just put $20 down on Iowa to cover 5.5 with my neighbor!!!
 
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Hopefully not a big free throw discrepancy tonight. They're 33rd nationally getting to the line, 11th at limiting FTA. In conference they've been 2nd best at getting there, 1st at limiting attempts.

Their offense ranks 10th in Big Ten play, defense is 5th. 12th in eFG% and 11th in turnover %. 7th in 3P%, 13th in 2P% which is surprising. They've been shooting better lately though and some of the offensive numbers are brought down by a couple awful games. 46% of their shots in Big Ten games have been 3's.
 

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Hopefully not a big free throw discrepancy tonight. They're 33rd nationally getting to the line, 11th at limiting FTA. In conference they've been 2nd best at getting there, 1st at limiting attempts.

Their offense ranks 10th in Big Ten play, defense is 5th. They haven't shot it well in league and turn it over
Fucking great.

12-18 from 3.
 

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Saw a big ass Hawk on a fence post on my drive home today from Illinois. That is usually a good sign on game days.
 
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I know this is going to sound like 'making excuses', but if the refs let Maryland get away with a lot being at home, that'll make it mandatory to shoot at least 40% from deep to even things out.
 
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