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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Ohio State Buckeyes Preview

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

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds


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.

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