Ohio State-Iowa: Dave's College Basketball Picks, Mar.3

dave darbySenior Analyst IMarch 2, 2009

Ohio State (18-9, 8-8) at Iowa (14-15, 4-12)

Line: Ohio State -1

Ohio State was beaten in almost every statistical area during a 75-50 loss to No. 16 Purdue on Saturday. Evan Turner was the only Buckeye to get to the free throw line and the Boilermakers out-rebounded Ohio State 32-17. 

The loss was the fourth in the Buckeye’s last five games and leaves them tied with Minnesota and Michigan for sixth in the Big Ten Conference.

Iowa lost to Northwestern 55-49 on Saturday and has also lost four out of their last five games. Iowa has however won two out of their last three home games and both remaining regular season contests will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 

The Hawkeye’s rank dead last in the Big Ten in offense, scoring just 60.3 points a game. Iowa is assured of a tenth place regular season finish.


Ohio State is 13-10 against the spread including 6-4 on the road

Iowa is 15-9 against the spread including 7-3 at home

Iowais 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 matchups with Ohio State

Iowa's recent home victories were against Northwestern and Michigan. The Northwestern win isn’t that impressive, but Michigan has been playing very well as of late and the margin of victory was 10 points.

Even the most recent loss, to Purdue, was just by four points and the Boilermakers have been dominant for much of the last month.  Ohio State last won a road game back on Jan. 31, and that was against Indiana.

The first matchup between these two teams was a close one with Ohio State pulling out a three-point home win. Ohio State has more to play for in the standings, but the home crowd on senior night should balance that out.

Dave’s Pick: Iowa outright

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