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Tips For Betting On Iowa Ohio State – Iowa Needs A Jump-Start To Its Big Ten Season

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/21/2013 6:08:04 PM

Coming off a loss to Michigan State, the Ohio State Buckeyes return home, looking to get back to their winning ways against an Iowa team that is trying to gain its third straight win.

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Ohio State Buckeyes – Tuesday, January 22
Betting line: No line

Why Iowa Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus turn from football and move to basketball as their college sports point of focus, they will notice that despite a 13-5 record, Iowa is sitting on a resume’ with very few quality wins. Accordingly, the Hawkeyees will need to start picking some up if they have any hopes of receiving an at-large bid to the Big Dance. So, what better time to get one than Tuesday at Ohio State, fueled by urgency and the promise of opportunity? The Hawkeyes like to go into their bench with 10 players who have seen significant playing time this season, but make no mistake – this is a two-man team. Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White have been the two-headed tandem that has carried the Hawkeyes offensively for the majority of the season. White comes off a 17-point performance in a win over Wisconsin, when he hit 13 of 15 free throws to pace the Hawkeyes.

One area where Iowa may have an edge and has to win is the battle on the boards. Iowa is two and a half boards per game better than Ohio State, and given the fact the two teams are very close in offensive production this year, those extra possessions could mean a lot. Iowa also has been the best ball sharing team in the Big Ten, averaging over 17 assists per game as a team. Iowa knows on the road that it will have to play its best to have a shot. These two areas must hold in the Hawkeyes' advantage, though, but if they do, it could be a long night for the Buckeyes instead.

Why Ohio State Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts are fairly convinced that this will be an Ohio State win.  Despite some struggles early on, including two league losses on the road, the Buckeyes are still a very talented team with players such as Aaron Craft and DeShaun Thomas, who have gone through the grind before. The Buckeyes are a sound defensive basketball team that is going to make Iowa run efficient offense in order to score, and that's going to be a challenge for the visiting Hawkeyes in a tough road environment. On top of that, Iowa’s susceptibility to turnovers favors a Buckeyes defense that likes to key its offense with fast breaks. The Buckeyes take care of the basketball and make other teams defend for the full shot clock. While Ohio State may not have the offensive depth it has had in recent years, Thomas continues to be a stud at just under 21 points a game.

The Buckeyes have been very tough at home this season, and coming off a loss, one should expect a top-notch effort from them as they attempt to get back in the Big Ten title race. The Buckeyes have the two best players on the floor in this game, and bettors should expect both of them to play well.

Who Will Win

There are very few teams in America who would get the benefit of doubt when traveling to Columbus to play Ohio State, and to the surprise of nobody, Iowa is not one of those teams. Look for the Buckeyes to jump on Iowa in the first half and put the game away at some point early in the second half. The talent gap is too evident.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Ohio State

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