VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Iowa cools off Maryland, 71-60

NEW YORK (AP) - Devyn Marble and Iowa could get used to these fast starts.

Advertisement
Marble had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa, whose slow start to the Big Ten season kept them from the NCAA tournament, reach the National Invitation Tournament championship for the first with a 71-60 win over Maryland on Tuesday night.

``I thought one of the keys to the game was how we came out,'' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. ``We got into a flow early, and then the same thing late, kept everything going.''

The Hawkeyes will play Baylor for the title on Thursday night.

Marble scored 10 points in the game's first 6 minutes, 38 seconds, and Iowa led by 10 before the second TV timeout. The Hawkeyes' biggest lead came with five minutes to play in the first half, when they got up by 14. The Terrapins kept closing the gap, but turnovers and fouls cost them, and Iowa's zone defense - not something they see much of in the ACC - flustered them enough to keep them from getting anything going offensively.

Alex Len had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots for Maryland (25-13). Nick Faust added 14 points.

``We just didn't play smart enough to win tonight,'' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. ``They were ready and we weren't.''

Iowa (25-12) won for the 11th time in 14 games. Senior and captain Eric May finished with 12 points, his last on a big 3-pointer with 1:01 to play that iced it for the Hawkeyes, who laid the foundation for a future Big Ten rivalry with Maryland, which is set to join the conference starting in 2014.

``I'll tell you what, we have one of the greatest captains around. You don't win 25 games without phenomenal senior leadership,'' McCaffery said. ``We've got a great junior class that we rely on, but there's one captain of the ship.''

Marble, one of those juniors, scored six points on a 9-3 run that Iowa used to get away once Maryland closed to within four points with about 12 minutes to play. With six and a half minutes left, Marble's shot made it 58-48. Iowa couldn't build on that lead, but Maryland couldn't get close enough to threaten, either.

They failed to convert a three-point play on Len's dunk with about two minutes left, and May knocked down a 3-pointer with a minute left that put Iowa up nine.

``That was the one that put it away,'' McCaffery said. ``I certainly wasn't surprised. ... He's been playing like that all year long.''

The Hawkeyes scored 27 points off of 17 Maryland turnovers and made 19 of 24 free throws. Like Iowa, the Terrapins had struggled early before the light went on late in the season. Before their season ended Tuesday night, they had won five of their last six, including a win over hated Duke in the ACC tournament.

Iowa's fast start on Tuesday night helped keep its fast finish going for one more game.

``You've just got to love your time in March,'' Marble said. ``A lot of teams aren't playing right now.''

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Williams: Top 25 Betting Recap
Pitino: LV should consider legal action
Louisville must vacate basketball title
South Carolina rains 3s, tops Georgia
Marshall helps Xavier top Georgetown
UCLA/Utah highlights Pac-12 action
Duke's Bagley (knee) out 4th straight
Arizona not overlooking Oregon State
Sparty seals share of Big Ten title
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
6-2 L8 G-Plays, +4,126 Picks TY
6-3 L2 Days, 11-2 Totals, +3,139 TY
8-3 L11 Run, 27-10 L37 Picks
6-0 L6, 24-9 L33 G-Plays
11-5 L16, 28-11 L39 Picks, +2,719
14-6 Yesterday, +3,991 This Year
3-0 L3 G-Plays, 16-7 L5 Days
26-11 L27 Picks, 19-9 L28 G-Plays
25-9 Last 34 NCAA Picks
6-3 L9 G-Plays, 14-7 L21 Picks
10-4 L14 G-Plays, +2,434 TY
13-6 L19 Guaranteed Run
7-3 Record L2 Days
8-3 Last 11 CBK G-Plays
3-1 Yesterday, 13-5 L18 G-Plays
3-0 G-Plays, 3-1 Sat., 7-2 Totals
9-3 Record Last 5 Days
NCAA Tournament College Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2017 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 4126
Antony Dinero + 3991
Micah Roberts + 3139
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 815
Michael Black + 587
Chip Chirimbes + 567
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Williams 58 %
Kyle Hunter 57 %
Bruce Marshall 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2502
Kyle Hunter + 1310
Micah Roberts + 1261
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4844
Micah Roberts + 3987
Kyle Hunter + 3103
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3332
Bruce Marshall + 2057
Micah Roberts + 1970
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership