The Ohio State Buckeyes are primed for a deep run in the West region and they take their first step as a big favorite against the Iona Gaels.
The Buckeyes, champions of the tough Big Ten, are 13.5-point favorites over the MAAC champs from Iona. Its a 2 vs 15 battle, which produced two huge upsets a year ago.
In reality, the Gaels will need a huge performance from guard Lamont Jones just to stay close. The Buckeyes have been on a roll, winning 8 in a row (7-1 ATS) and dominating as a favorite (6-1 ATS).
Iona won five straight to end the year, and the OVER might be an intriguing bet here (7-1 past 8 as double-digit underdog).
The Gaels will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 15-16 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Buckeyes are 19-12 ATS. Iona is 16-11 against the total, while Ohio State is 11-18-1 versus the number.