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With the NBA still on vacation, college basketball is the major game in town on the hardwood this evening. Two ranked Big Ten teams square off as the No. 24 Maryland Terrapins travel to Iowa City for a matchup with the No. 21 Iowa Hawkeyes. 

Both teams have similar conference and overall records, but it's the Hawkeyes that come into this game as the 2-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Iowa is also coming off a miraculous buzzer-beater win over Rutgers on Saturday. 

Iowa vs Maryland Predictions

ESPN BPI Prediction Model

The ESPN BPI Prediction Model has the Hawkeyes favored to win, with a convincing 62.3 percent probability of victory in this Big Ten matchup. 

The Spread

The Spread predicts Maryland to cover up to a 2.5-point spread tonight. However, keep in mind the Terps are only 2-point underdogs via FanDuel Sportsbook. The Spread staff believes Iowa got its last four wins against mediocre competition, and Maryland had been on the right track before its last loss to Michigan. 


The folks from Covers believe that Iowa's luck won't continue once again, feeling like the Hawkeyes' win against Rutgers was a total fluke. They feel like the visiting Terps, who are 7-1 against the spread (ATS) after coming off a loss this season, will get the outright win in this one.

Overall, two of the highlighted predictions are backing the Terrapins to cover the spread, with one of them predicting Maryland to pull off the upset straight up in Iowa City. 

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