No. 3-seeded Iowa meets No. 2-seeded Maryland in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN 2. The Hawkeyes have not played the Terrapins since the 1999-00 season, when they lost 83-65.
In a 75-64 triumph over Virginia on Mar. 27, Roy Devyn Marble put up 24 points and five assists for the Hawkeyes. On top of his scoring average of 15.1 points per game, he delivers 3.9 rebounds per game. In a 58-57 victory over Alabama on Mar. 26, Alex Len put up 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Terrapins. With 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Maryland can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 36.7 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.3.
StatSmack! Iowa is better than Maryland
The Iowa basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Maryland (55 percent vs. 31 percent).
Last year the worst team in the Big Ten had a higher RPI than the worst team in the ACC (No. 153 vs. No. 236).
Iowa has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Maryland ($33,134 vs. $35,455).
Last year the Big Ten had a better conference RPI than the ACC (No. 1 vs. No. 6).