Iowa rode red-hot shooting -- from the inside, from the outside, from pretty much everywhere on the court -- to an emphatic 97-85 win over Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament yesterday. That set up today's game, a big-time clash with Big Ten heavyweight (and #1 seed) Maryland in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Terps are 37-2 against Big Ten opponents since joining the league last season; their only losses to a league opponent have come at the hands of Ohio State (twice, both this season). They're #5 in the country and a hugely formidable opponent. As good as Iowa was on Thursday, they may need to be every bit as good -- if not better -- today. Let's hope the shots keep falling for Ally Disterhoft & Co.
A win over Maryland would be a huge feather in Iowa's cap -- and an excellent addition to their resume -- but it might not be enough by itself to get Iowa back into the NCAA Tournament field. Charlie Creme, ESPN's resident bracketologist for women's basketball, continues to believe that the Hawkeyes likely need to win the whole shooting match in Indianapolis this weekend to punch their ticket back to the NCAA Tournament.
I think there will be discussion around Iowa, but, ultimately, yes. too much would have to happen for an at-large https://t.co/aucQroXQ0y— Charlie Creme (@CharlieCreme) March 4, 2016
The game tips off at 11 AM CT, with TV coverage from BTN and online coverage from BTN2Go.
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