The championship game is set for the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
Behind 21 points from swingman Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa beat Maryland, 71-60, to secure a spot in the NIT championship game against Baylor to be played Thursday night.
Iowa won simply by being efficient with the basketball. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over just six times while forcing Maryland into 16 turnovers of its own. That +10 margin and their ability to get to the free throw line (19-of-24 FT) was the difference Thursday.
The upcoming NIT championship between Iowa and Baylor will be a battle between contrasting styles. Baylor likes to push the ball with point guard Pierre Jackson. That has translated into an offensive attack that is ranked 31st in the country in points per game. Iowa, on the other hand, focuses on rebounding the ball, a category where it ranks 10th in the nation.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_
Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.
The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.
Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.
Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.
Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.
Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.