After blasting No. 15 Iona in their first game of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes will look to do the same on Sunday against No. 10 Iowa State
Ohio State defeated Iona 95-70 in Round of 64 betting action on Friday, easily covering the 15-point spread at the sportsbooks in the contest. Iowa State is coming off a 76-58 win over No. 7 Notre Dame on Friday in which they were favored by 1 point.
Ohio State will face the 23-11 Cyclones, who own a 16-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 12-18-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cyclones are 21-7 favoring the OVER.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Buckeyes at No. 22 and the Cyclones at No. 46 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 81-78 result in favor of the Buckeyes.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Ohio State's No. 123-rated squad against Iowa State's No. 29-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Ohio State rates No. 176 in the country with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 nationally with 9.8 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Iowa State owns the country's No. 299-rated mark, allowing 75.2 points per game on the highway. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 110 in scoring at home.
Iowa State was a 76-58 winner in its last match on the road against Notre Dame. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The Cyclones grabbed a 76-58 win over the Fighting Irish on Friday, behind a 19-point effort from Georges Niang at Dayton Arena.
Ohio State won its last outing, a 95-70 result against Iona on March 22. They covered in that game as a 15-point favorite. The battle between the Buckeyes and Gaels didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Iona was handed a 95-70 defeat on Friday at Dayton Arena.
A few Cyclones at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ohio State's last 9 games