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Ohio State and Iowa meet for a Big Ten Tournament matchup this afternoon. Can we trust the Hawkeyes? Matt McCuen answers.

Iowa vs Ohio State Prediction: Can We Trust the Hawkeyes In This Big Ten Tournament Matchup?

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Iowa Hawkeyes will clash for a Big Ten matchup this afternoon. Iowa will be dancing regardless of the result of tonight, but if the Buckeyes want to continue their season, they will need to pull off an upset today.

Iowa vs Ohio State Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Start Time: 2:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BTN

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Iowa vs Ohio State Prediction

Ohio State had an extremely disappointing season, but they were able to pull off a first-round win last night over Wisconsin. I think that we can all agree that Ohio State is better than its record indicates, but that does not mean that they are a very good team. The Buckeyes have been without their star Zed Key the last month or so, which has not helped an already poor season. Iowa, meanwhile, will be playing this game for seeding purposes.

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The Hawkeyes ended the year 19-12 overall and 11-9 in Big Ten play. 11-9 in a conference like the big ten is pretty solid. This is a typical Iowa team that is known for its fast pace and offensive abilities. The star of this team has been Kris Murray, who is having a career year leading Iowa in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game. Iowa has five double-digit scorers on their roster, making them very difficult to match up with from a defensive standpoint. Iowa enters this game as a three-point favorite this afternoon.

I am surprised that the line is this low, but I am not going to overthink this game, and I will be backing the Hawkeyes today. I trusted Ohio State yesterday, and while they won, it was not a pretty game. I will be shocked if they can keep pace with Iowa in this spot today. I expect the Hawkeyes to run things up on offense and for Ohio State to really struggle to score the basketball today. This is a quick turnaround for the Buckeyes, who played a hard-fought game less than 24 hours ago. I will trust the Hawkeyes in this spot today. 

Iowa vs Ohio State Pick

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Article Author


Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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