The Ohio State Buckeyes arrive at Iowa City looking for revenge, after the Hawkeyes won 84-74 in Columbus on Jan. 12. The Buckeyes are in after a 59-58 road victory at Wisconsin on Saturday, while Iowa went into Champaign, Illinois and knocked off the Illini, 81-74, the same day.
This is a series where the Buckeyes have dominated straight-up, but the Hawkeyes are riding a positive against-the-spread streak.
Ohio State opened as six-point road underdogs and the line was holding steady. The total was 138 at most books monitored by OddsShark.com. (Line updates and matchup report details).
Why Ohio State can cover the spread: Revenge is a great motivator, especially against a conference rival on its own court. Since losing four straight, the Buckeyes have won two of their last three limiting Illinois and Wisconsin to an average of 56.5 points in the two victories. Ohio State has covered five of seven on the road, according to the college basketball database at Odds Shark.
Why Iowa can cover the spread: Confidence will be brewing with this team, since it's already beaten Thad Matta's bunch, and after a solid road win over Illinois. The previous meeting is being heralded as one of the Hawkeyes' best performances of the season, as they shot 47.5 percent from the field and outrebounded Ohio State 40-31.
Smart Pick: Take the road team in this one, as this could come down to which team is holding the ball last. It's going to be difficult for the Hawkeyes to defend Ohio State senior guard Aaron Craft, who ranks second on the Big Ten’s all-time steals list with 301 in his career.
He makes the 100th start of his career, and the Buckeyes are 111-24 in games in which he's played. He'll take this one personally and keep the Buckeyes in this game.
- Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games vs. Ohio State
- Ohio State is 8-1 SU in its last nine games vs. Iowa
- Ohio State is 5-2 ATS this season as an underdog
- Iowa is 26-4 SU past 30 games as favorites
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