Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Tuesday in Columbus in Big Ten college basketball. The Buckeyes are -12 point favorites over the Buckeyes with an over/under point total set at 136.
The Ohio State Buckeyes fought gamely at Michigan State on Saturday but in the end they couldn’t get it done falling to the Spartans and in the process taking their second Big Ten loss of the year. Ohio State is 10-1 at home this season and 3-2 in Big 10 play while playing the 30th ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Ohio State is averaging 73.5 points, 14.9 assists, and they are shooting 45.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.9 points, 8.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 38.3 percent. Deshaun Thomas is averaging 20.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Aaron Craft is averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 assists. Ohio State has already endured a season’s worth of ups and downs but they still have a brutal schedule ahead.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off of back to back conference wins and while they are in eighth place in the Big Ten they are anything but a pushover. Iowa has gone 1-2 on the road this season but they are 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. As a team Iowa is averaging 73.9 points, 16.5 assists, and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively their opponents are averaging 63.2 points, 11.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 38.4 percent. Roy Devyn Marble is averaging 14.9 points, Aaron White is averaging 13.5 points, and Mike Gesell is averaging 8.9 points. Four of Iowa’s next five games are on the road and these will make or break their season.
Ohio State is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, 6-2-1 against the Big Ten, and 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games. Iowa is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games overall, 7-0 against the spread following a win, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
The total in this one is set at 136 but it will be a struggle to get there as this one slides under the total.