Basketball Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes at Iowa Hawkeyes
- Updated: February 4, 2014
Date/Time: February 4th, 7:00 p.m. EST
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The Big Ten conference in college basketball is proving that they have one of the best conferences in the country and they will be on display again on Tuesday night when the Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes.
The Buckeyes will try and rebound after nearly falling out of the top 25 of the college basketball rankings as they look for a rare win. A few of the polls still have them clinging on to the last spot in the polls, but that will not last if they continue losing. A win against Wisconsin helped but a win against Iowa would keep them in the top 25. The Buckeyes held a players-only meeting Thursday in which many spoke. They had a similar session last year after a loss to Illinois and went on to win six of their next seven games.
The Buckeyes are winning with defense. The Badgers failed to record a field goal in the final 6:42. After strong foul shooting counteracted shaky offense in the first half, Wisconsin missed 8 of 14 attempts from the line in the final 20 minutes. They will have to bring that same sort of tenacity into this game against the Hawkeyes.
The latest college basketball odds for this game opened with the Hawkeyes listed as (-5.5) point favorites. That line could increase if the sports betting public have bailed from betting on the Buckeyes.
The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that the Hawkeyes have the edge from a sports betting perspective. The Hawkeyes are 19-8 against the spread (ATS) in their last 27 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games when playing a team with a winning straight up record and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games against an opponent from the Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team from the Big Ten conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
In a head to head matchup the Buckeyes are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings but the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. It is tough to win back to back road games in college basketball, especially when they are in conference against ranked opponents.
The Hawkeyes are 37-15 ATS in their last 52 home games and will continue that winning streak when they host the Buckeyes on ESPN.
Free Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes -5.5