December 8, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps put a statement win on their resume by beating the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes

Having already lost to North Carolina and Michigan State, the Maryland Terrapins were running out of chances to put a win against an elite team on their tournament resume. Enter: the hottest team in America, the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa had great matchups with Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok, which meant the Terps had to bring their A-game, even at home.

Maryland did an “unbelievable” job on defense, according to Mark Turgeon, and that was the difference in the game when they could not continue their hot start. The efficiency from Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon carried Maryland to a 74-68 victory over the Hawkeyes.

Getting off to a fast start offensively was key and Terps took care of that

It was Melo Trimble‘s world early on as he was involved in the Terps first six points. After hitting an early 3-pointer, he expertly collapsed the defense before dumping off a wrap around pass to Robert Carter Jr. for a three-point play. Carter continued his strong play with an impressive pro-level spin move against Uthoff. Jake Layman even got in on the act by hitting a 3-pointer and keying in on an aggressive Hawkeye squad and driving all the way to the rim to end a 7-0 Terps run. With Maryland up 17-9, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery was forced to call timeout.

3-point shooting fuels the Maryland offense in the first half

In three of the last four games, the Terrapins have had far from easy times and have lost two games in the state of Michigan. Yes rebounding and turnovers were involved in their demise, but the key was 3-point shooting. Against Michigan, Maryland was 6 of 24 (25 percent); Northwestern, 5 of 21 (23.8 percent); and Michigan State 8 of 27 (29.6 percent). Tonight the Terps had six 3-pointers in the first half alone, by shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc including three triples from Rasheed Sulaimon. As Iowa only hit one triple in the first twenty minutes of play, Maryland held a 41-35 advantage at intermission.

Shots simply do not fall for the Terrapins to start the second half

For all of the success Maryland had to get off to a fast start in the first half, they had little momentum in the second half. It was not that Iowa was playing the greatest defense, but the iron was unkind to the Terps after they flipped sides of the floor. They started 2 of 15 from the floor and did not make a single 3-pointer in their 10 second-half attempts. It was not until nearly six minutes into the second half that Maryland scored its first field goal, and had just two over the first 13 minutes of the half. Were it not for free throw shooting to supplement their offense, Iowa may have been able to run away with things.

Jake Layman did not have the best shooting night but his defense was unmatched

(Photo by: @ESPN)

(Photo by: @ESPN)

The Massachusetts native was a miserable 1 of 8 from beyond the arc. He had 11 points but on 15 field goal attempts, so it was far from an ideal offensive performance for the senior. No matter how inefficient he was on one side of the court, Layman absolutely shut down national player of the year candidate Jarrod Uthoff. Uthoff averages 18.9 points and shoots 48.7 percent from the floor, including 48.3 percent from beyond the arc. Layman shut the Iowa native down, period. Uthoff shot 2 of 13 from the field, missed all three of his 3-pointers and scored a season-low nine points.

An elite win that helps the Terps resume and argument to host a regional

With Connecticut and Georgetown both struggling, Maryland desperately needed a true signature win to bolster their postseason resume. They will be in the dance no matter what — which was not a guarantee last year — but their goal with the amount of talent they have was to host a regional. Mark Turgeon thinks he just beat the best team in the country at this current time and the committee will certainly take that into account come March. The Terps were the only top-10 team in the country without a win against a Top-25 RPI opponent coming into tonight’s game. That is now taken care of.

Maryland will be on the road against Ohio State on Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. The Terps earlier handled the Buckeyes by putting up triple figures on the Thad Matta club.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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