The Maryland Terrapins defeated the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in College Park Thursday night, and the victory was the statement win the team was looking for at this point in the season.
Maryland received solid performances from Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon (17 points each) and Jake Layman (11 points), and the 74-68 win marked the Terps’ 25th consecutive regular season win at the Xfinity Center.
Twenty-five in a row is a pretty impressive thing. Let's take a look down memory lane at the run:
December 3, 2014, vs. No. 7 Virginia
The Terrapins did not lose a regular season home game in the 2015 calendar year. The last regular season home loss came at the hands of seventh-ranked Virginia by a final score of 76-65 in December 2014. The loss was the Terps’ first of the 2014-15 season, and the defensive-minded Cavaliers held 21st-ranked Maryland to just 40 percent shooting. Going into the game, the Terps had managed to crack the top 25 for the first time in five years; yes, it really was not that long ago that a national ranking was the buzz around College Park, and not a potential national championship run. In the loss to UVA, Melo Trimble and Layman combined for 30 points.
January 3, 2015, vs. Minnesota
In their first Big Ten home matchup as new members to the conference, the Terps defeated the Golden Gophers by a final of 70-58. The Terps, by now ranked No. 12 in the nation, received 20 points from Trimble and 12 from both Layman and Dez Wells. Damonte Dodd had a career night, adding 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
January 19, 2015, vs. Michigan State
After defeating Rutgers, the Terps turned their sights to knocking off Michigan State for the second time in three weeks. Maryland hit seven shots from beyond the arc, including six from Trimble (24 points) and two from Layman (23 points, 12 rebounds), to complete the season sweep of the Spartans. Michigan State got the last laugh, however, as they knocked the Terps out of the Big Ten tournament later in the season on their way to a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Also, there was this:
In honor of tonight's game: RIP ankles pic.twitter.com/IccuLRbsMz— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) January 23, 2016
January 25, 2015, vs. Northwestern
The 68-67 victory over the Wildcats was the Terps’ closest call in terms of achieving the current 25-game streak. With just over nine seconds remaining in the game and the Terps trailing by a point, Trimble dribbled down court and launched a three. It was off the mark, but Dez Wells, cutting across the lane towards the basket, ended up in the right place at the right time. He heroically gathered the offensive rebound and put a shot up of his own all in one fluid motion. The shot banked in with 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock, effectively winning the game in dramatic fashion.
February 11, 2015, vs. Indiana
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell missed two shots as time expired, and the Terps squeaked out a 68-66 victory over the Hoosiers. Ferrell led all scorers with 23, and Wells, Layman, and Trimble combined for 50 of the Terps’ 68 points.
February 25, 2015, vs. Wisconsin
Dez Wells poured in 26 points to help the Terps defeat the fifth-ranked Badgers, who were led by the likes of eventual NBA first-round draft picks Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker. Trimble scored 16 points, including four in the final 40 seconds: a drive and tough finish at the basket and two late free throws to seal the deal.
December 30, 2015, vs. Penn State
After running through much of the non-conference schedule, defeating their opponents at home by an average of 19 points, the Terps opened the 2015-16 Big Ten schedule at home against Penn State. The team as a whole seemed to have an off night; that is, except for Diamond Stone’s breakout 39-point performance. If the country did not know who Diamond Stone was before this game, it unquestionably did after this outing. The team shot just 33 percent from the field, but Stone’s 39 points, over half of the team’s total, propelled the Terps to a victory.
January 6 and January 16, 2016
Maryland crushed Rutgers by 25, then returned to College Park ten days later and annihilated the Ohio State Buckeyes by an astonishing 35 points.
January 19, 2016, vs. Northwestern
This one was a tough one to watch, aside from the final score. The Terps shot just 44 percent from the field, and even more frustratingly, were outrebounded on the offensive glass 16-4. Only 36 combined points were scored in the entire second half, leading to a 48-48 tie at the end of regulation. Carter finished with a double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds), and Trimble led all scorers with 18 points. Maryland outscored Northwestern 14-8 in the overtime period.
January 28, 2016, vs. Iowa
Maryland’s 25th consecutive regular-season win at the Xfinity Center was arguably the most impressive. The Terps defeated third-ranked Iowa, ending the Hawkeyes’ nine-game winning streak. After looking somewhat flat in a loss on the road to Michigan State, the Terps received big performances from some key players who have been relatively inconsistent at times this season. Jake Layman scored 11 points, but his defense against Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff was the real story. Layman and Carter held the Hawkeyes’ star player to just nine points on 2-of-13 shooting.
Rasheed Sulaimon put on the offensive show we all know he is capable of, scoring 17 points and dishing out some beautiful assists under the basket late in the game. The Terps won 74-68. Several Iowa players noted their concerns following the loss about the feel of the Under Armour basketballs used during the game. Iowa’s Adam Woodbury fouled out with under three minutes remaining, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and zero eyes poked.
The number of consecutive regular season home games won by Maryland is an impressive achievement and one worth looking back on. Next up? A top-25 matchup against Purdue.