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(19-14) Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones (23-11)
March Madness: Midwest Regional – Round 1
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 9:50 PM EST
Venue: BOK Arena in Tulsa, OK
Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Cyclones -6
CBB Betting Total: 141
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The Iowa State Cyclones are going to be one of the darling teams of the round of 64 after their impressive run in the Big 12 Tournament. Did ISU just get hot at the right time, or are they going to be a forced to be reckoned with as the #6 seed?
One thing the Cyclones shouldn’t do despite the fact they are -6 favorites in this one is overlook #11 Ohio State. The Buckeyes looked solid in the Big Ten Tournament and were able to get their big man Kaleb Wesson back in the swing of things.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Wesson is back for the Buckeyes and that completely changes the dynamic of this OSU team. Wesson missed losses against Purdue, Northwestern, and Wisconsin after being suspended for violation of school policy.
The Buckeyes’ leading scorer (14.4) and rebounder (6.8) was able to return for the Big Ten tournament at the United Center last weekend and promptly scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a win over a surging Indiana team. He had just 7 in a loss vs. Michigan State the next day but will be fresh for Friday.
Besides Wesson, there isn’t a whole lot for the Buckeyes to lean on in terms of secondary scoring. C.J. Jackson (12.2 ppg) was the only other OSU player to average in double figures. Ohio State scored 51 and 50 in 2 of the 3 games that Wesson sat out.
That being said, the Buckeyes offense did look better with their big man back in the lineup averaging 74.5 ppg in the conference tournament. Iowa State did hold all three opponents in the Big 12 tournament under 66 points however.
Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones come into the NCAA tournament red hot but can they keep that momentum going? The Cyclones toppled three tourney teams over the weekend in earning the #6 seed for Friday’s game in Oklahoma – which is Big 12 country and may give ISU a boost within itself.
The wins in the Big 12 tourney were an 83-66 dismantling of Baylor, a 63-59 win over Kansas State, and a huge 78-66 defeat of Kansas.
The reason nobody knows what to expect from Iowa State on Friday is because they had lost their last three games of the regular season, two of which were blowouts including by 17 to Texas and 15 to West Virginia.
There’s no doubt that Iowa State is the much deeper team in this matchup, but are they 6 points better than Ohio State? Marial Shayok has scored 17 or more in 5 of the last 6 games. Lindell Wiggington was also huge off the bench in the Big 12 tournament with a 16 and a 17 point game out of three.
Six different players scored in double figures for Iowa State over the three game weekend at the Big 12 tourney. ISU also has experience with 3 upperclassmen in the starting lineup. Coach Steve Prohm has taken ISU to at least the round of 32 in both tourneys he’s taken the team to.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Buckeyes are 0-8 ATS their last 8 NCAA tournament games
- Buckeyes are 9-23 ATS their 32 neutral site games
- Buckeyes are 0-6-1 ATS their last 7 vs. Big 12
- Cyclones are 5-1 ATS their last 6 neutral site games
- Cyclones are 1-4-1 ATS their last 6 vs. Big Ten
Free Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones NCAAB Prediction:
LThere’s a lot to like about Iowa State in this one from the game being held in Big 12 country to the depth to the momentum from winning the Big 12 tournament. Ohio State was able to stay within 7 points of Michigan State while playing tired in the Big 10 tournament however. Can the Buckeyes be ripe for an upset?
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Iowa State Cyclones -6
Wiggington and the Cyclones bench provides too much depth in this one.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Iowa State 72 – Ohio State 58
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