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Ohio State BuckeyesIowa Hawkeyes
Jan 7, 3:00 PM | Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

14-2TEAM RECORD10-6

The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday in NCAAB play.

The Hawkeyes are 10-6 so far on the season, and 7-4 ATS vs. the number. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are 14-2 and 6-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Iowa go 7-3-1 and the Buckeyes go 7-5 on the totals.

View Ohio State vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Hawkeyes as 11.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 158 (Hawkeyes) and the No. 7 (Buckeyes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 93-77 result in favor of the Buckeyes has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Iowa's No. 41 nationally ranked offense (76.7 points per game) against a Buckeyes defense that sits as the No. 8 at 55.4 PPG. The Hawkeyes have been averaging 45.7% from the field, less than the Buckeyes have managed so far this season (49.5% on average).

Defensively, Ohio State features the nation's No. 209-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.7 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 64 nationally in scoring at home.

Ohio State was a 71-40 winner in its last match at home against Nebraska. They covered the 22.5–point spread as favorites. The battle between the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Nebraska was handed a 71-40 defeat on Tuesday at Value City Arena.

In their last action, Iowa was a 64-62 winner on the road against Minnesota. They covered the 8.5–point spread as underdogs. The Hawkeyes grabbed a 64-62 win over the Golden Gophers on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from Matt Gatens at Williams Arena.

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Illinois are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Michigan State are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 1-9
After a win are 5-5

A few Buckeyes at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 5 games on the road
Ohio State is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Ohio State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Iowa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing Ohio State
Iowa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ohio State

Next up:
Ohio State at Illinois, Tuesday, January 10
Iowa at Michigan State, Tuesday, January 10

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