Maryland men’s basketball’s 2020-2021 season continues in a meeting with the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes tonight.
Luka Garza, named the 2020 National Player of the Year by numerous publications, has led his team to a 9-2 record thus far. His 27.5 points per game rank first in the Big Ten and second in the nation.
The All-American hails from the DMV and played high school ball at Maret School in Washington, D.C. Tonight’s game is the senior’s final collegiate contest near his hometown.
Iowa last played Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey, where it edged the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a 77-75 decision. Its only losses have come against No. 1 Gonzaga and in overtime at Williams Arena at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Outside of the 6-foot-11 Garza, Jordan Bohannon, C.J. Frederick, Joe Wieskamp and Connor McCaffery — the son of head coach Fran McCaffery — round out the Hawkeyes’ projected starting five.
The Terps haven’t played since Monday, when a strong second half from the Indiana propelled the Hoosiers to a 63-55 victory at Assembly Hall. Aaron Wiggins scored a career-high 22 points in a losing effort.
These teams last faced off on Jan. 30, 2020, in a packed Xfinity Center. With the students participating in a “Red Out” theme, Anthony Cowan Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points and powered the No. 15 Terrapins past an eighteenth-ranked Iowa squad.
Tonight’s game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.
Maryland: 6-5 (1-4 Big Ten)
Iowa: 9-2 (3-1 Big Ten)
All-Time Series: Maryland leads 7-4
Odds: Iowa is a 4.5-point favorite
How to Watch and Listen
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST, Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
TV: ESPN2 (Jason Benetti, play-by-play; Robbie Hummel, analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Baltimore) / 980 AM (Washington, D.C.), One Maryland App, Sirius XM 381 (Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche, Walt Williams); WMUC Sports (Matt Levine and Ben Dickson)