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After win at Iowa, what’s to be made of No. 25 Maryland?

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Maryland, after an 84-76 win at Iowa, now stands at 5-1 in the Big Ten. The Terps are the only team in the league with five conference wins and are tied with Wisconsin in the loss column atop the Big Ten.

Is it time to start taking them seriously as Big Ten title contenders?

It just might be, less so for who Maryland is proving to be but, in part, for how the schedule lays out for the Terps.

The resume right now isn’t overly impressive, other than sheer volume of wins at 16. There’s the loss at home to Nebraska for one thing, but they haven’t been overly convincing in a win since their opener against Illinois.

Many of their issues were on display against the Hawkeyes, a team that has lodged a number of good wins but still shows loads of inconsistency with a roster heavily dependent upon freshmen. Maryland led by 15 in the first half and held a double-digit lead well into the second half. Then, as carelessness set in, it was gone with just over 6 minutes to play and the Terps trailed with as little as 3 minutes left.

Turnovers were nearly the Terps’ undoing. They committed 21 of them that led to 30 points for the Hawkeyes, who are hardly known for turning opponents over. Maryland, though, has consistently failed to take care of the ball with a turnover rate hovering around 20 percent.

What saved them against Iowa was, what (or who) else, than Melo Trimble. One of the game’s most clutch players, Trimble hit back-to-back 3s after Maryland fell behind to turn a three-point disadvantage into a three-point lead that the Terps wouldn’t hand back to a feisty Iowa squad. Trimble finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

So, 21 turnovers and a blown lead salvaged only by Trimble’s heroics doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in a team with as many question marks as Maryland, even if it came on the road.

The Terps, though, do keep winning and while close games do invite luck and chance into the equation, Trimble’s presence and Maryland’s track record suggests it may be able to survive the variance.

Then you’ve got to look at that schedule. They’ve got Rutgers at home before a tricky Minnesota-Ohio State road trip. Then of the Big Ten teams currently with two losses or less, Maryland gets Purdue and Michigan State at home and has just one game apiece against Wisconsin and Northwestern, though both are away from College Park.

So while it may be hard to fully buy in to Maryland given its so-so offense and unremarkable defense, the Terps have made it nearly to the end of January with just two losses and have a manageable road ahead.

That’s something that has to be taken into account, just like Maryland in the Big Ten.

Iowa’s second-leading scorer fractures finger

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Iowa freshman Tyler Cook will miss the next three weeks after suffering a fractured finger.

He underwent surgery on the finger on Tuesday.

“After discussions with Tyler and the medical staff, it was determined that surgery was the best treatment for Tyler in terms of proper healing and recovery time,” said McCaffery. “We expect Tyler to make a full recovery and look forward to him rejoining his teammates on the court soon.”

Cook was averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 boards this season. He started the first six games of his college career.

Peter Jok will return to Iowa for senior season

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Iowa received some big news on Friday as junior guard Peter Jok will return for his senior year, the school confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Jok was an effective No. 2 scorer for the Hawkeyes last season and is capable of being an All-Big Ten player as a senior because he’ll be asked to be a go-to scorer. As a junior, Jok averaged 16.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as he shot 40 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

With Jarrod Uthoff exhausting his eligibility, Jok will be asked to take over next season and he could be the type of player to average 20 points per game. Jok only averaged 27.7 minutes per game last season, so he could be in line for a big season if he can get to the free-throw line a lot and play some more minutes overall.

 

NEW PODCAST: Court storms, Iowa’s teams and why the Pac-12 is underrated

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It’s Friday, which means that it’s time for another edition of the NBC Sports College Basketball Talk Podcast. Today we discuss No. 4 Iowa State’s comeback win over Iowa, the state of those two teams in the aftermath and also touch on court-storming and whether or not measures should be taken to curtail it.

Also discussed on the podcast are our thoughts on the Pac-12 ahead of a big weekend for the conference, and some games we’re looking forward to this weekend. As always, thanks for listening.

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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 4 Iowa State comes back to beat Iowa

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 4 Iowa State 83, Iowa 82

With Jarrod Uthoff scoring 30 points in the first half the Hawkeyes took a 14-point lead into the halftime break and led by as much as 20 in the early stages of the second half. But as many expected the Cyclones steadily worked their way back into the game, with a Monté Morris jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining completing the comeback. Steve Prohm’s team stays undefeated as a result, and Iowa misses out on what could have been a valuable win for their non-conference résumé.

More about this wild game can be seen here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Penn State 81, Canisius 67: Patrick Chambers’ Nittany Lions moved to 6-3 on the season with a 14-point win over the Golden Griffins at Rec Hall (Penn State’s home before their move to the Bryce Jordan Center in 1996). Brandon Taylor led four Penn State players in double figures with 18 points and Josh Reaves accounted for eight points, ten rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Seton Hall 78, Troy 69: The Pirates got complacent after their quick start Thursday night, resulting in this game being tougher than many anticipated. Isaiah White head scored 20 points and Desi Rodriguez added 18 and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Kevin Willard’s team, which is now 7-2 on the season. Troy freshman Jordon Varnado led all scorers with 25 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

STARRED

First-half Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa: Uthoff scored 30 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the first half of Iowa’s game at No. 4 Iowa State.

Jameel McKay, Iowa State: McKay racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 10-for-12 from the field in Iowa State’s win over in-state rival Iowa.

Camyn Boone, Missouri State: Boone finished with 24 points and ten rebounds as the Bears beat IUPUI 88-74.

STRUGGLED

Second-half Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa: On the receiving end of more attention, Uthoff shot 1-for-7 from the field and scored just two points in the second half. Iowa State would come back to win 83-82.

T.J. Carpenter, Nicholls State: Carpenter shot 1-for-11 from the field in the Colonels’ blowout loss at San Diego State.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Tim Coleman scored 27 points and Ky Howard added 23 as NJIT picked up a 92-86 overtime win at St. Francis-Brooklyn. Tyreek Jewell led five Terriers in double figures with 21 points.
  • Cheddy Mosely scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds and John Papale added 17 points as Boston University took care of UMass-Lowell, 80-60.
  • Having already picked up a win at Mississippi State, Southern beat Wyoming 68-58 in Laramie. Trelun Banks led the way with 21 points, as the Jaguars won despite Wyoming’s Josh Adams leading all scorers with 25 points.
  • Kellon Thomas and Xavier Pollard scored 16 points apiece to lead Kent State to a 73-62 win over ULM. ULM’s Jamaal Samuel led all scorers with 18 points, but the Warhawks were outscored 23-9 at the foul line.
  • Idaho held off Washington State 78-74, with Perrion Callandret leading the way with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Vandals have beaten the Cougars in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1989-90.
  • Jeremy Hemsley scored 20 points and Trey Kell 15 as San Diego State blew out Nicholls State, 84-47. The Aztecs forced 20 Nicholls State turnovers in the win.

Half of 2017 Cayman Island Classic field announced

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In mid-April it was announced that beginning in November 2017, there would be an in-season tournament played on the Cayman Islands. Wednesday half of the field for the eight-team event was revealed, as Global Sports Management announced that Cincinnati, Iowa, UAB and Wyoming have committed to making the trip.

All four of those teams participated in the NCAA tournament last season, with Cincinnati, Iowa and UAB each picking up a win once there. Entering the 2015-16 season Cincinnati is viewed by many as a contender in the American Athletic Conference and the same goes for UAB in Conference USA. Iowa has some key personnel losses to address but returns seniors Mike Gesell, Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury, and Wyoming lost four starters from last season’s Mountain West tournament champion team.

Of course November 2017 is a long way off, so it remains to be seen what each of these teams will look like from a personnel standpoint when the time comes.

No specific timeframe was given in regards to when the other four teams participating in the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic would be announced.