Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/12/14
Iowa Hawkeyes (13-3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (15-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Sunday in a Big Ten college basketball matchup.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off of their first loss of the season as they fell at Michigan State. OSU is 12-0 at home this season and 2-1 in Big 10 play having played the 44th ranked schedule in the nation. LaQuinton Ross leads the Buckeyes averaging 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, Amir Williams is averaging 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Aaron Craft is averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 assists. Ohio State is averaging 75.2 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 56 points and their opponents are shooting 37.5 percent. Ohio State was down big at Michigan State before battling back to force overtime but in the end they just didn’t have enough.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked number 20 in the nation and they are 2-1 in Big 10 play. Iowa has wins over Northwestern and Nebraska and lost to Wisconsin in a close one in Madison. Roy Devyn Marble is averaging 16 points per game to lead the Hawkeyes in scoring. Aaron White is averaging 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds, and Melsahn Basabe is averaging 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. As a team Iowa is averaging 86.5 points and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points and their opponents are shooting 36.4 percent. Iowa’s last two losses, both to ranked teams, have been by a combined seven points.
Ohio State is 10-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 9-4 against the spread following a loss, and 7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Iowa is 801 against the spread against the Big Ten, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine road games, and 24-7 against the spread following a win.
When I originally looked at this game Ihave it at about four so with the line at 7.5 I am taking the points with Iowa.
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