The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes are set to face off at 7:00 ET on FS1. The Hawkeyes will host the game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA. This Big Ten conference matchup has an over/under of 157 points, and Iowa is favored to win by -5 at home vs. Ohio State.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES VS IOWA HAWKEYES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes -5

This game will be played at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, February 2nd.

WHY BET THE IOWA HAWKEYES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Hawkeyes.
  • Not only will Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Ohio State Have What it Takes on the Road?

Ohio State enters this game as a 5-point underdog, and they have struggled on the road this season. The Buckeyes are just 3-5 on the road, and they have lost their last four road games.

Overall, Ohio State is 13-8 this season, and they have lost three straight games. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are just 3-7, compared to a 10-1 non-conference record.

As the underdog this season, Ohio State has gone just 1-4 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is only 6-15. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Buckeyes are 5-5. On the road, their ATS record is 2-6 this year and they are 0-3 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. Ohio State's ATS mark vs. the spread this season when favored is 5-11.

This season, the over/under record for Ohio State games is 12-9. The average over/under line in their games is 143.7 and the average scoring total is 144.2. Today's over/under line of 157 is higher than the average scoring total in their games. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 151.

The Buckeyes' offense wrapped up their last game with 75 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 75.1 points per contest. The team's top scorer is Bruce Thornton, who enters today's matchup with an average of 15.7, while Jamison Battle also carries a PPG average of 14.1 into the game.

The Buckeyes' defense is presently ranked 107th nationally, allowing an average of 69.1 points per contest. The Ohio State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 87 points and allowed Illinois to connect on 4 threes.

Are the Hawkeyes Ready for a Home Win?

Coming into today's game against Ohio State, Iowa is 10-2 when favored and 2-7 when the underdog. At home, the Hawkeyes are 10-4, and their average scoring margin is +14.4 points per game.

In their last game, Iowa lost to Indiana by a score of 74-68. Over their last ten games at home, the Hawkeyes are 7-3.

As the favorite this season, Iowa has gone 6-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Hawkeyes have an ATS mark of 5-5, and their home ATS record this year is 6-8. In their last three home games, Iowa has gone 1-2 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 157 is lower than the average over/under line in Iowa's games this year (160.7). This season, their over/under record is 14-7 and their games have averaged 161.7 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average of 147 points compared to their season average of 160 points per game.

Compared to their season average of 84.4 points per game, Iowa struggled in their previous game. Against Indiana, the Hawkeyes scored 68 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 35.4%. One area that the Iowa offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 134th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 47%.

At this time, the Hawkeyes' defense is positioned 278th in the country, permitting 77.2 points per game. Iowa's three-point defense is currently 164th in the country at 7.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.9% of their shots vs. Iowa.