New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Iowa Hawkeyes and Maryland Terrapins have
successfully found their way to New York City, as the two teams square off on
Tuesday in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison
Iowa has won six of its last seven games heading to the Big Apple. Coach Fran
McCaffery's squad downed Indiana State, Stony Brook and Virginia by double-
digit margins in its first three rounds of the NIT. The Hawkeyes' last loss
was a hard-fought, 59-56 battle with Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
They have since been very tough in the postseason tourney as they ended the
Cavaliers' 19-game home winning streak on Wednesday.
Roy Devyn Marble has been the go-to-guy for Iowa down the stretch. The junior
swingman is averaging 25.3 points and 5.3 assists per contest so far during
the NIT. He went 8-of-16 from the floor to net 24 points against Virginia's
stifling defense. Zach McCabe and Adam Woodbury both tallied 10 points, the
latter adding a game-high eight rebounds as well. Sophomore forward Aaron
White was limited to six points, but he scored in double figures in the first
two rounds, including an 11-point and 13-rebound effort against Indiana State.
Iowa has just one scholarship senior on its roster, so its late-season surge
is building some optimism for the future.
This will be just the third meeting in history between these schools on the
hardwood. Maryland won both previous bouts. The winner of this matchup will
take on either BYU or Baylor in the championship game.
The Terps rallied behind sophomore center Alex Len to outlast Alabama and pick
up a 58-57 win in the quarterfinals. Maryland has been quite impressive as
well in recent weeks, with five wins in six games. The only loss during that
span was a 3-point setback to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Coach Mark
Turgeon's team defeated Niagara and Denver easily in its first two NIT games.
Len tallied 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as the second-seeded
Terrapins outlasted the top-seeded Crimson Tide. Dez Wells and Jake Layman
netted 13 points apiece for Maryland, which overcame 18 turnovers by winning
the rebounding battle, 33-27. Len has the attention of NBA scouts due to his
size and potential. The sophomore center is netting 12.0 points, 7.9 rebounds
and 1.9 blocks per tilt on the year. Wells is leading the squad in scoring
with 13.1 ppg. Wells picked up some solid postseason experience last season
when he was a member of Xavier's Sweet 16 team. Maryland won the NIT title in
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