Chippy Maryland-Iowa game sees Terps lose 2nd-place grip in Big Ten


Aaron White, left, scored a team-high 17 for Fran McCaffery’s group on Sunday. (USATSI)

Maryland, once a 14-1 team with realistic hopes of challenging for second place in the Big Ten …

… is now a 19-5 team with realistic hopes of challenging for second place in the Big Ten.

But it’ll be a sobering flight back east for the Terrapins, as they got thumped 71-55 at Iowa on Sunday afternoon in what turned about to be an irritable first 20 minutes between the two teams. It happened after Iowa came out roaring. The Hawkeyes started the game with a 17-2 lead and would go on to shoot 61 percent in the first half.

But while on a breakaway, Terps freshman stud Melo Trimble got fouled hard, tumbled into a cameraman and bloodied some of his face. He had to leave the game temporarily.

Didn’t help that Maryland started with 1-of-11 shooting and had eight turnovers.

Iowa’s Adam Woodbury had an interesting game. He tied a career high with 16 points. But for the third time this season, Woodbury poked an opponent in the eye.

This time it was Trimble. It came with 5:20 to go in the first half. (Vine via Troy Machir.)

Not a good look for Woodbury; his play will likely go under review from the Big Ten. Again, Trimble had to leave the game temporarily. He did return and wound up scoring a game-best 20 points.

After the game, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was asked about Woodbury’s poke. He wasn’t too pleased with the questioning.

But Iowa’s Peter Jok also had a career-best with 15 points. And with Maryland’s three best players — Jake Layman, Trimble and Dez Wells — all accruing four fouls with 6:37 to go, it was a lost cause.

The Terrapins are still OK. This is their first year in the Big Ten, and to this point it’s gone above expectation. But the team’s going on three weeks now without consecutive wins. And next up is a home game against an Indiana group that’s one of the 10 best offensive teams in the nation.

The Big Ten is now all about the race for second, for third, for fourth, and seeing if those standings even matter. There are six teams with four losses in league play as of Sunday. Will the wins and losses amongst those six mostly cancel each other out? Will the league tournament eventually bring us any closer to knowing who is most deserving of finishing near the top of the standings?


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