When the Maryland Terrapins upset the then No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes everyone thought it would be the Terps best win of the season. At that point in time it looked great but the Hawkeyes have been struggling more than Maryland recently by losing six of their last eight contests. With the Terps being projected as a five speed in the NCAA tournament, a would-be huge disappointment, With the second best team in the country, Michigan State, next up in the Big Ten tournament, Maryland had a chance to climb up the seed line.
Unfortunately, it looked like the Terps would get embarrassed early because of lack of transition defense. In the second half it was the “best we [Maryland] guarded in a longtime” according to Mark Turgeon which gave the Terps a chance, but a field goal drought of over 10 minutes doomed the upset hopes. With a drop in shooting percentage by a whopping 30 percent from yesterday’s record breaking performance, Michigan State squeaked past Maryland 64-61.