The eighth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are playing ‘bad’ basketball at the worst time of the season, but they’ll have a chance to get back in the win column when they take on an Ohio State Buckeyes team that has been mostly mediocre all season long. The Hawkeyes have lost two straight and three of four while Ohio State had their modest four-game winning streak snapped the last time out. Now, with both teams looking to get back in the win column, let’s find out who’s going to get the win in this contest.
How To Bet The. No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAAB Odds & TV Info
Why Bet The No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa (20-7 SU, 13-11 ATS) was on the wrong end of a humbling 67-59 loss against Wisconsin on Wednesday and never came close to covering the spread as a 6.5-point home favorite. The Hawkeyes got a team-high 21 points from Peter Jok and a whopping 18 rebounds from Adam Woodbury, but shot a pitiful 27.0 percent in the second half en route to their third loss in their last four games. “I thought we got great shot opportunities,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said, adding that the Hawkeyes’ 14 turnovers were a big factor in its loss. “We got a little hesitant at times.”
Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, the Hawkeyes best player, was limited to just 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting and the Hawkeyes failed to make a single basket from the field over the final six minutes. “We didn’t do enough in crunch time We didn’t do enough in, whatever. We didn’t get the necessary stops. We didn’t execute like we needed to. We just have to do a better job coming back,” McCaffery said.
hy Bet The Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State (18-11 SU, 15-14 ATS) had its modest winning streak snapped in their emphatic 81-62 smackdown at the hands of No. 3 Michigan State on Tuesday while never coming close to covering the spread as a 6.5-point home underdog. Making matters worse is the fact that the Buckeyes learned on Tuesday that sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate will miss the remainder of the season because of a left shoulder injury. Tate is Ohio State’s emotional leader, not to mention the fact that he averages 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
“Jae’Sean is the heart and soul of this basketball team,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “We challenged our guys, man down you’ve got to man up. I hate it for Jae-Sean but that being said, we have to go on and find a way to regroup and get ready to go again.”
The Buckeyes got a team-high 19 points from junior forward Marc Loving and 16 points from freshman guard JaQuan Lyle in the loss.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While Iowa clearly isn’t playing great basketball right now, the Hawkeyes are the easy pick to get the win in this contest because of sheer desperation if nothing else.
Iowa averages almost nine points per game more than Ohio State and the loss of the Buckeyes’ emotional leader will be a huge blow in this contest. Iowa is 5-1 ATS in its last six road games against Ohio State and will win this game by at least a half-dozen points.
My final score prediction: Iowa 76 Ohio State 70