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Should be a great afternoon sold out crowd at Carver Hawkeye for this one. It is the last chance during the regular season to pick up a signature win.

Maryland has great guards, but they have struggled on the road and the last 4 games overall against varying competition at home as well.

The last 2 road games have been blowout losses @Indiana by 19 points and @Ohio State by 24 points. Their last 2 home games have been near loses with a 1 point win where Northwestern collapsed and against Penn State that was a one possession game with 23 seconds left.
Iowa gets back to playing games every few days from now until the end of the season. Michigan has been hanging tough since losing key players, but this is a winnable game for Iowa even though they are a 2 point underdog.

This is pretty much a make or break game for Iowa. If they are going to make the tournament, they need to win this game and avoid the threat of a 5 game losing streak or worse. I think if they can pull this one out, they will be back on track and win a lot of games down the stretch.
This will be an interesting match up, especially without Jackson. Even though Iowa lost twice last year, Fran seems to have Bo's number and he has either beat them or kept it very close. It took some technicals, McCabe and a collapse at home to lose to them both times last year. Fran's record at Iowa....

2010-2011 - 62-59 overtime loss against #13 ranked Wisconsin with a bad 11 win team
2011-2012 - 72-65 Win @ #11 Wisconsin and 67-66 Win at home against #16 Wisconsin
2012-2013- 70-66 Win at home and 74-70 2 OT loss @ Wisconsin
2013-2014 - 75-71 loss @ #4 Wisconsin and 79-74 loss at home to #16 Wisconson

Iowa guards can actually hang athletically with Wisconsin, so the most important thing will be who guards Hayes and how much Iowa can push the pace in this game. Kaminsky does not like playing against Woodbury.

Hope that Uthoff bounces back and doesn't play like a pussy and Iowa can run on them.
This is another huge game for Iowa at home on ESPN with a chance to look good on the national stage, but unfortunately that hasn't gone well when they are at home.

Iowa hasn't done well in these games lately. Lost to Michigan State, Iowa State this year and Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State last year. The only game they won was the Saturday game against Michigan last year, so the record 1-5 in these high profile home games.

They have a great opportunity to turn that around in the next couple weeks. Ohio State this Saturday on ESPN, Wisconsin 2 weeks later on ESPN and then Maryland the following Sunday on BTN. Need to win at least 1 of these and should have a great shot at winning 2 of them.

Ohio State should be a lot different, perhaps completely different as they are playing mostly man defense and doing much better. They have been blowing teams out at home but still struggling on the road.