The first meeting on January 9th was a lopsided victory by the Buckeyes, 79–48 in Columbus. Ohio State led for a while, 45–17 at the half. But a 32–3 run by the Buckeyes between the 1st and 2nd half blew the game wide open.
Othello Hunter and David Lighty each had 14 points to lead the Buckeyes in scoring. Jamar Butler added eight points and nine assists in 21 minutes of action. Plus, the entire Ohio State roster saw playing time that night.
Tony Freeman, a Junior PG, led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 21 points. Iowa shot 33.9% from the field in the game, 18.2% from three-point range.
Currently, Ohio State is on a three-game winning streak with conference victories over Illinois, Minnesota, and Penn State.
Iowa returns home from Purdue, having lost on Wednesday night 51–50. Freeman fouled Purdue’s Keaton Grant with 1.4 seconds, allowing Grant to make the 1st free throw putting his team ahead 51–50—he missed the 2nd free throw intentionally and Iowa did not have enough time to attempt a last minute shot.
Todd Lickliter is in his first season at Iowa and is confident his team will rebound from the tough loss. “We’ve responded well this season after a loss,” Lickliter encouraged. “These guys have a lot of pride and they want to get back on track. It will take a great effort against Ohio State.”
Ohio State should be confident going into this game—last year in Columbus they beat Iowa 82–63.
The last time Iowa beat Ohio State was March 11, 2006 in the Big 10 Championship game.
But Ohio State cannot look past Iowa if they want to stay in the Big 10 race. They are currently in 5th place in Big 10 standings and have two league losses.
The game will air on the Big 10 Network at 6:00 PM EST.