Ohio State vs. #17 Iowa

The best college basketball game of Tuesday February 4th is the Ohio State Buckeyes traveling to Iowa to face the #17 ranked Hawkeyes.

 

Ohio State @ Iowa Preview

ohio state vs iowaThe 17-5 Buckeyes are coming off a 59-58 win over the Wisconsin Badgers. The 17-5 Hawkeyes are coming off a 81-74 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.

The Buckeyes are lead by senior Aaron Craft and junior LaQuinton Ross. Craft is averaging 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Ross is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The Hawkeyes are lead by senior Roy Devyn Marble and junior Aaron White. Marble is averaging 16.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. White is averaging 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

 

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Ohio State:

None to report.

For Iowa:

None to report.

 

How Ohio State Wins

Ohio State needs to play great defense in order to win the game. They have one of the best defenses in the nation as their opponents only average 58.9 points per game. Their defense ranks 7th in the nation because of that. Everybody on the Buckeyes needs to box out if they want to win. They rank 155th in the nation in rebounds per game with 35.3 per game. The Buckeyes also need to take care of the ball. They average 11.2 turnovers per game which ranks 61st in the nation.

 

How Iowa Wins

Iowa needs to do what they do best and score a lot of points. They average 84.3 points per game which ranks 5th in the nation. They are also a very good rebounding team as they rank 3rd in the country with 43.7 per game. Another thing Iowa does really well is get to the free throw line. They rank 7th in the nation in free throw attempts per game at about 30.3. They also make 22 of their free throws which ranks 3rd in the nation.

 

My Prediction

Ohio State wants to keep this game as a low scoring defensive grudge match.On the other side Iowa wants to make the game a high scoring affair. Whichever team plays to their style will most likely win the game.

I think Iowa plays to their style on their home court and puts up a lot of points. Ohio State just doesn’t have enough firepower on offense to keep up and as a result Iowa wins the game.

Final Score

Iowa: 82
Ohio State: 73

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