Buckeyes vs. Hawkeyes Prediction
The 25th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will be small underdogs on the road tonight in Big Ten Conference action at the 20th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Can Iowa fend off the challenge from the visitors?
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Hawkeyes are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 144 points. As of Thursday morning, 72 percent of public bets are being placed on host Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Buckeyes ease past Boilermakers
Ohio State rolled to a 68-52 home win Saturday afternoon to improve to 17-8 overall and 7-7 in conference action. The Buckeyes led 29-20 at halftime and continued to pull away after the break. Kyle Young paced OSU with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting plus 4-of-4 at the free throw line. He also registered seven rebounds. Kaleb Wesson tallied 13 points, eight boards, four assists and four steals. Luther Muhammad added 11 points and three caroms.
Hawkeyes rally past Golden Gophers
Iowa secured a 58-55 victory Sunday afternoon at Minnesota to move to 18-8 overall and 9-6 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes outscored the Golden Gophers 32-24 in the second half to post the win. Luka Garza led Iowa with 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 1-of-3 at the charity stripe. He also notched eight rebounds and two steals. Ryan Kriener added 10 points, seven boards, four blocked shots and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The road team is 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings. The underdog is 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Hawkeyes are 1-3 ATS n the last four meetings. Iowa is 1-3 straight up in the last four meetings.
The Hawkeyes have been fantastic at home this season and a lot of the Buckeyes' struggles have been on the road, but OSU has won five of its last six overall with two being road wins. Ohio State has been fantastic defensively lately and has the makeup of a team that can frustrate an Iowa squad that took a considerable step back offensively Sunday at Minnesota.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES +2.5