College Basketball Betting Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

by | Jan 11, 2019 | NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa

When: Saturday, January 11th at 2:37 PM ET

Spread: Iowa -2

Total: 146.5

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BetDSI has the Iowa Hawkeyes favored by 2 points over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Iowa Hawkeyes enter this game with a record of 13-3 and have won four of their last five including two games in a row and are coming off a road win against Northwestern on Wednesday by a score of 73-63.

The Ohio State Buckeyes enter this game with a record of 12-3 and have won three of their last five games, but have lost two games in a row and are coming off a road loss against Rutgers by a score of 61-64. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes are 12-3 overall and 7-8 ATS.   The Ohio State Buckeyes enter this game ranked 16th in college basketball, but have lost two games in a row including an upset loss against Rutgers. Ohio State is 7-8 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS after a loss, 2-1 ATS on the road and 1-1 ATS as an underdog.

Kaleb Wesson leads the team in scoring and rebounds with 257 points and 104 rebounds. C.J. Jackson leads the team in assists with 59. C.J. Jackson and Luther Muhammad are tied for the team lead in steals with 15 apiece. Andre Wesson leads the team in blocks with 9.

Ohio State is averaging 76.8 points per game which ranks 90th in college basketball. They are averaging 9.67 offensive rebounds per game which is below the 10.32 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 15.87 assists per game which is below the 13.59 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Buckets are allowing 63.67 points per game which is below the 73.12 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 26.33 defensive rebounds per game which is above the 25.54 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 5.33 steals per game which is below the 6.52 average for the rest of college basketball.

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Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes are 13-3 overall and 7-9 ATS.   The Iowa Hawkeyes are rounding into a competitive team that could up near the top of the Big Ten this season and make the tournament come March. Iowa is 7-9 ATS overall, 5-7 ATS after a win, 3-7 ATS at home and 3-6 ATS as a favorite.

Tyler Cook leads the team in scoring and rebounds with 259 points and 124 rebounds. Connor McCaffery leads the team in assists with 48. Nicholas Baer leads the team in steals and blocks with 23 steals and 21 blocks.

Iowa is averaging 82.31 points per game which ranks 31st in college basketball. They are averaging 10.56 offensive rebounds per game which is above the 10.32 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 16 assists per game which is above the 13.59 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Hawkeyes are allowing 72.25 points per game which is below the 73.12 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 26.5 defensive rebounds per game which is above the 25.54 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 6.25 steals per game which is below the 6.52 average for the rest of college basketball.

Ohio State ends their losing streak with a win on the road

Both of these teams should finish at or near the top of the Big Ten this season, but neither will challenge Michigan for the conference championship. Ohio State is in a slump, but with their scoring defense, they should be able to get things rolling against an average scoring defense in the Hawkeyes. Iowa is 3-7 ATS at home and I look for that trend to continue with an Ohio State win and cover on the road on Saturday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.

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