Ohio State vs. Iowa - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (9-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Ohio State Buckeyes play Tuesday afternoon at the Value City Arena.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won seven of their last nine games and are playing their second true road contest. On the season, Iowa is averaging 70.7 points on 40.7 percent shooting and is allowing 58.8 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Adam Woodbury is grabbing six rebounds and Gabriel Olaseni is shooting 57.7 percent from the field. The Iowa Hawkeyes rely heavily on their defense and rebounding, as they’re grabbing 40.5 boards per game and are holding teams to 30.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Iowa has allowed 56 or less points in six of its last eight games. Offensively, Iowa is shooting 77.5 percent from the free throw line and 30.8 percent from downtown.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have won six of their last seven games and have emerged as a Big Ten contender. On the season, Ohio State is averaging 85.3 points on 52.7 percent shooting and is allowing 58.5 points on 37.4 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 12.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Kam Williams is the third player averaging double-digit points and Shannon Scott is producing 7.7 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are now an above-average offensive team that’s shooting 71.9 percent from the line and 42 percent from downtown. Defensively, OSU is forcing 17.6 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 30.1 percent from deep. Anthony Lee is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
The Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Ohio State and the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Iowa doesn't have enough offensive firepower to hang with Ohio State. The Hawkeyes have already lost to worst teams here, which is why I expect the Buckeyes to win by double digits at home.