Free CBB Pick: Buckeyes vs Hawkeyes NCAAB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(14-4) #7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #8 Iowa Hawkeyes (13-4)
Date: Thursday February 4, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa
Moneyline Odds: N/A
Betting Odds: Iowa -5
Betting Total: O/U 157.5
Two of the best teams in the Big Ten and all of college basketball go head-to-head Thursday when the Iowa Hawkeyes host the Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State has been soaring up the rankings of late and has won seven of its last six games. The Buckeyes have also improved drastically on the defensive end in the Big Ten.
Iowa comes into this game with the best offensive rating in the country according to Bart Torvik. The Hawkeyes have the second lowest turnover rate in the nation, shoot 38 percent from deep, and average 89.4 PPG, the second best mark in all of college basketball.
Iowa is coming off a 84-78 victory over Michigan State. In that game, the Hawkeyes shot 5 of 17 from deep and but were able to attack the basket effectively and grab a lot of offensive rebounds.
As usual, Luka Garza led the way for the Hawkeyes. He finished with 27 points and comes into this game averaging 26.4 PPG and 8.4 RPG.
Iowa also got CJ Frederick back in their last game. Frederick played just 12 minutes as Fran McCaffrey plans to slowly work Frederick back into the rotation.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is coming off another dominant victory against Michigan State. The Buckeyes have defeated Rutgers, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin along with the Spartans recently and have looked dangerous offensively.
Ohio State averages 77.1 PPG and allows 67.7 PPG. Ohio State allows opponents to shoot 32.6 percent from the 3-point line while shooting 34.3 percent from deep themselves.
The Buckeyes have the 22nd lowest turnover rate in college basketball and get to the free throw rate at the 41st highest rate in the country. The Buckeyes are knocking down 76.8 percent of their attempts from the stripe which has played a big role in their 8-4 conference record.
E.J. Liddell has been the Buckeyes best player this season. The sophomore averages 15 PPG and leads the team with just under seven rebounds a night. He also leads the team in blocks and is a force on the defensive end.
The Buckeyes have allowed 65 or more points in just one of their last four games, but will have their hands full against Garza and the potent offensive attack of the Hawkeyes.
- Hawkeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Hawkeyes are 15-2 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss.
- Hawkeyes are 20-5-2 ATS in their last 27 home games.
- Hawkeyes are 24-11-3 ATS in their last 38 games overall.
Free Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAAB Prediction:
I like the Hawkeyes to cover here against the surging Buckeyes. Ohio State’s defense will meet its match in this game and I don’t feel the Buckeyes will have an answer for Garza down low.
4* Free Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Pick: Iowa -5
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