Against the Spread Pick
The Buckeyes have had one of the most interesting seasons in college hoops. They are probably at their appropriate level now but how they got there has been wild. Even though they were red hot early they might need to do some work now after fading fast. Knocking off a good Iowa team would help. Kaleb Wesson has to find a way to outplay Luka Garza, which is something few bigs have been able to do this season. Coming into this one Iowa is in better shape in the Big Ten. Garza is a legitimate Player of the Year candidate and this team can score. They have not played Ohio State this season and the rest of their schedule could really go either way. That puts a lot of pressure on getting these home games. Carver-Hawkeye Arena is a pretty good environment so they should get a boost there. Stay with the home side, Ohio State clearly isn’t as good as people thought early on.
Over Under Pick
Iowa is always happy to play at a brisk pace to create more opportunities for Garza and others. Ohio State is the opposite when they are at their best, they try and smother you and bleed the clock. It is usually easier for the home team to get the game going the way they want it. Ohio State is kind of desperate too so they might press. Look for the over.