- Iowa (17-8, 7-7 Big Ten) takes on No. 18 Ohio State (16-6, 9-4 Big Ten) Saturday, February 19th at 2:30 pm ET in Columbus
- The Hawkeyes fell in Iowa City to Michigan 84-79 on Thursday, while the Buckeyes walloped Minnesota 70-45 at home on Tuesday
- See the current Iowa vs Ohio State odds, point spread, and game total, plus predictions
The Iowa Hawkeyes (17-7, 7-6 Big Ten) — who just had a three-game win streak snapped — take on the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-6, 9-4 Big Ten) in college basketball on Saturday at the Value City Arena. Tip off is at 2:30 pm ET on Fox.
Iowa vs Ohio State Odds
|Iowa||+160||+4.5 (-110)||O 154.5 (-110)|
|Ohio State||-194||-4.5 (-110)||U 154.5 (-110)|
Odds as of February 18th, 2022 at FanDuel
Ohio State is a 4.5-point favorite over Iowa, while the total is 154.5. The -194 moneyline price for the Buckeyes amounts to a 66% implied win probability, while Iowa’s +160 odds to win is equal to 38.5% implied probability.
Fran McCaffery’s team struggled from three-point range against the Wolverines in a five-point defeat, converting on only 4-of-18 (22.2%) from distance. The Big Ten’s leading scorer, Keegan Murray, put up his average of 23 points. But the sophomore forward did it on 9-of-23 shooting from the field, going only 4-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Meantime, Chris Holtmann’s club shot 49.1% from the field, outrebounded the Golden Gophers 36-29 and scored 28 points in the paint in a 25-point win the last time out. OSU’s leading scorer EJ Liddell had a game-high 16 in the win.
Iowa and Ohio State Have Split Last Six in Recent H2H History
The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes have split their last six meetings, with the Iowa taking down Ohio State at Value City 73-57 on Feb. 28 last season. As for the Hawks’ last game, they were unable to contain UM’s freshman Moussa Diabate. He scored 16 of his career-high 28 points in the second half while Murray was in and out of the game with apparent leg cramps.
Here comes @KrisMurray24!
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 18, 2022
Prior to the loss, Murray was named the Naismith Trophy Player of the Week after averaging 33.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, two blocks, and 1.5 steals in a pair of wins last week over Maryland and Nebraska. He’s the only player nationally averaging over 23 points, more than eight rebounds, and over two blocks per game this season. If he can find his shooting touch Saturday, Iowa will be OK.
The Hawkeyes are elite offensively, leading the league and ranking fourth nationally in scoring offense (83.8). They’re fifth in offensive adjusted efficiency, first in offensive turnover percentage and first in offensive non-steal turnover percentage.
Ohio State is 6-1 ATS in Last Seven
Since dropping four of five games against the spread (and going 2-2 straight up) in the first half of January, the Buckeyes have made bettors happy in six of their last seven outings. That includes doubling the 12.5-point spread against the Golden Gophers earlier this week.
Singing like we just outscored a team 47-20 in the 2nd half‼️ pic.twitter.com/7bA4mLlWR7
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) February 16, 2022
Whatever was said at halftime — after trailing the free-falling Golden Gophers 25-23 — worked for Brutus. Liddell finished with his sixth double-double of the season, while James Wheeler chipped in 13, Minnesota went 1-for-11 from the field down the stretch as as 12 of Liddell’s points and 11 of Wheeler’s came after the break. OSU will need to play a full 40 minutes — and possibly more — if it expects to beat Iowa.
Holtmann’s program is one of the most efficient in the nation in scoring the ball, owning an 8th-best offensive adjusted efficiency. With Liddell leading the team in points (19.9 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg), the Bucks.
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Iowa vs Ohio State Prediction
This game looks as even as the all-time series, which is tied at 82-all. The two teams have split the last 12 meetings, dating back to 2014. But homecourt could be the difference for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are the only team with a perfect home record (11-0) in the Big Ten. In a matchup this close, that should be the difference.
Pick: Ohio State -4.5 (-110)
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