NCAA Basketball Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Sunday, 1/12/14, 1:30 PM EST
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have dominated recent meetings against the Iowa Hawkeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes have dominated recent meetings against the Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa’s last win over a top-five team was back on Dec. 15, 2001, as it comes off a 93-67 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats as 18-point home favorites Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Hawkeyes’ three losses have come to teams with a combined 44-1 record, with each loss coming by five or fewer points.  The starting lineup has two players averaging in double figures, with senior guard Roy Devyn Marble leading the way at 16.0 points a contest.  Iowa is 8-1 ATS in its last nine Big Ten Conference games.

The Hawkeyes have lost their last eight games against the Buckeyes, but 19 of the last 28 meetings have been decided by 10 or fewer points, which is hard to ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks.  Iowa leads the conference in averaging 86.5 points per game and outscoring foes by 20.5 points a contest.  Offensively, the team does a tremendous job of getting to the charity stripe, as its averaging 30.6 foul shots per game.  The program’s reserves have played a major role in the team’s success, as the bench is averaging 37 points and 22.2 rebounds.

Ohio State is focused on trying to bounce back from a 72-68 overtime defeat to the Michigan State Spartans as five-point road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.  Since taking over the Buckeyes for the start of the 2004-05 season, head coach Thad Matta has suffered back-to-back losses just 18 times, while rebounding to claim a victory 55 times following a setback.  He has compiled a solid 11-4 SU record in this series, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds.  Ohio State is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 Sunday games.

The Buckeyes didn’t allow an opponent to reach 70 points this season over the first 15 games until facing the Spartans last time out, as they have one of the best defenses in the country, especially in holding foes to an average of 54.9 points at Value City Arena.  Ohio State is led on the floor by point guard Aaron Craft, who has tallied 109 wins since arriving in Columbus.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 4-1 in the Hawkeyes’ last five overall games.

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