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Iowa vs Ohio State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Hawkeyes vs Buckeyes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio State Buckeyes
- Where: Columbus at Value City Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Iowa +3, IOWA +133 | OHIOST -162 O/U 153.5
The Iowa Hawkeyes head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 12-6. On the road, the Hawkeyes will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 2-3. So far, the Hawkeyes have been the underdog 4 times, going 2-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Iowa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kris Murray who is averaging 21.21 points per game for the Hawkeyes. Murray is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Hawkeyes’ offensive game plan is the play of Filip Rebraca who has hit 57.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.83 points per game.
So far this season, Iowa has put together a strong scoring offense at 83.8 points per game (7th). This strong figure has come despite the Hawkeyes playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.8% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Iowa’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 46.4%
Ohio State heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-8. Currently, the Buckeyes have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 8-3. The Buckeyes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Ohio State has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 9-3.
Ohio State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh who is averaging 17.0 points per game for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buckeyes’ offensive game plan is the play of Justice Sueing who has hit 44.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.11 points per game.
On offense, Ohio State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 643rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Buckeyes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. So far, 39.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: Ohio State Buckeyes -3
If you are eying this matchup between Iowa Hawkeyes and Ohio State Buckeyes as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Ohio State to cover the spread as -3 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Ohio State shooting well enough to keep the Hawkeyes at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Buckeyes’ to win the game and cover the spread.