Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Big Ten college basketball. The Hawkeyes are -6 point favorites over the Buckeyes.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have win two of their last three games and are ranked 13th in the nation. Iowa is 6-3 in Big Ten play and in third place in the conference standings. Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes averaging 16.3 points per game. Aaron White is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 8.8 points and .2 rebounds, and Melsahn Basabe is averaging 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Iowa is averaging 84.3 points and they are shooting 47.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.7 points and their opponents are shooting 38.1 percent. Iowa is 11-1 at home this season and they have played the 63rd ranked schedule in the nation.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won two of their last three games and they are part of the logjam in fifth place in the Big Ten. OSU is 4-3 away from home this season and 1-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. LaQuinton Ross leads the Buckeyes in scoring averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 11.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, Aaron Craft is averaging 9.1 points and 4.8 asssits, and Amir Williams is averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Ohio State is averaging 72 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Ohio State has played the 20th ranked schedule in the nation and they are coming off of a big win at Wisconsin.
Iowa is 19-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, 36-15 against the spread in their last 51 games overall, and 26-9 against the spread following a win. Ohio State is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 1-5 against the spread against the Big Ten. The underdog has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
I think the Buckeyes cover this one and could possibly win the game outright.
Ohio St. Buckeyes +6 Iowa Hawkeyes