Maryland battles Iowa in NIT semis Tuesday

April 01, 2013 | WNST Staff

Maryland (25-12) vs. Iowa (24-12)

 

National Invitation Tournament – Semifinals

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 • 9 p.m. ET

New York, N.Y. • Madison Square Garden

TV: Semifinals – ESPN2 – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), Bill Raftery (Analyst) & Dan Dakich (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland is playing in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals for the third time in history and first time since 2005 after dispatching No. 1 seed Alabama, 58-57, last Tuesday. The Terrapins are 14-6 all-time in the NIT and 1-1 in the semifinals; they captured the title in 1972 with wins over Jacksonville and Niagara, and fell in the 2005 semis to South Carolina.

 

• In winning at Alabama, Maryland captured its 25th victory of the season, the most for the program since 2006-07 when the Terps were 25-9. A win in the semifinals would give Maryland its most victories since it had 32 in the 2001-02 national championship season.

 

• Since opening postseason play in the ACC Tournament, Maryland has played some of its best basketball, winning five out of the last six games. Dez Wells has carried the scoring load in the postseason, averaging 18.3 points per game on .574 shooting from the field, including .727 (8-11) from 3-point range. Wells’ scoring surge goes back to the regular season – the sophomore is averaging 17.8 points per game on .558 (67-120) shooting in the last 10 games.

 

• Alex Len recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds at Alabama, his sixth of the season and first since the home win over Boston College on Jan. 22. Len also matched a career high with five blocks. At 11.5 points per game, the sophomore is one of four Terps averaging double-figure scoring in the postseason. Nick Faust is averaging 11.2 points per game and is shooting .400 (10-25) from 3-point range. The fourth, freshman Seth Allen, averaged 10.8 points per game off the bench in five postseason games, but fractured a bone in his shooting hand in practice on March 24 and will miss the rest of the postseason.

 

• The Terps are set to meet Iowa for just the third time in history. Maryland won each of the previous meetings, in 1984 and in 1999. Should they advance, the Terps would be playing their first ever game against either Baylor or BYU.

 

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