Iowa Hawkeyes vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 2/3/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Location: Value City Arena in Columbus, OH
The Ohio State Buckeyes (13-5) will go up against the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-7) at Value City Arena on Thursday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes faced Penn State and went home with a loss by a final score of 90-86 in their last game. Iowa finished the contest having earned a 35.1% FG percentage (27 out of 77) and knocked down 11 of 31 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Hawkeyes knocked down 21 of 28 shots for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to rebounding, they compiled 42 with 14 of them being offensive. They also doled out 17 assists for the matchup as well as forcing 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, Iowa allowed 44.6% from the floor on 33 out of 74 shooting. Penn State recorded 12 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Penn State snagged 52 rebounds (14 offensive, 38 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Penn State went 75.0% at the free throw line by making 18 of their 24 shots. They made 6 of 27 tries from distance. When discussing fouls, the Hawkeyes ended up walking away with 22 while Penn State finished the game with 23 fouls.
Connor McCaffery is one guy who came through in the game. He shot 50.0% from the floor but finished the game without a dime. He played for 16 mins played and also grabbed 6 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting.
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Iowa enters this one with a record of 14-7 this season. They average 82.8 points per outing (6th in D-1) while going 45.4% from the field. The Hawkeyes are shooting 33.7% on shots from downtown (176 of 523) and 76.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Iowa is pulling down 37.0 boards per game and is sitting with 340 assists for the season, which ranks 32nd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 8.9 times per game and as a squad they are committing 16.6 fouls per game.
Defensively, the Hawkeyes have forced 14.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.9 fouls. They relinquish 32.4% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 240th in D-1 in PPG allowed (71.0). The Hawkeyes defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.5% (545 of 1,254) and they relinquish 36.9 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 285th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 293 relinquished so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Ohio State Buckeyes went home defeated by a final of 81-78 when they faced Purdue. The Buckeyes recorded 18 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 6 times, while earning 6 steals for this contest. Purdue committed 12 personal fouls in this game which took the Buckeyes to the free throw line for a total of 14 shots. They were able to bury 11 of them for a rate of 78.6%. When talking about three-point attempts, Ohio State converted 9 out of 29 tries (31.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Buckeyes finished the game shooting 29 for 63 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.0%. The Buckeyes allowed Purdue to knock down 29 out of their 60 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.3% in this game. They went 47.1% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 8 of 17 and finished the game at 15 of 26 from the free throw line (57.7%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Ohio State permitted Purdue to pull down 33 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Malaki Branham was important for the Buckeyes for the matchup. He racked up 20 points in his 31 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for the matchup. He buried 7 of 10 for the matchup for a rate of 70.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Ohio State has a record of 13-5 this season. As an offense, the Buckeyes are shooting 48.0% from the field, which ranks them 29th in the nation. Ohio State has earned 1,355 points on the campaign (75.3 per contest) and they grab 35.8 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 15.0 times per game (68th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.7 times per game. The Buckeyes are responsible for committing 16.7 fouls per game while shooting 75.6% from the free throw line.
The Buckeyes are ranked 156th in college hoops in PPG given up with 68.0. They are able to force 10.7 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.3% from the floor (88th in college hoops). The Ohio State defense concedes 32.6% on shots from beyond the arc (121 of 371) and their opponents are knocking down 72.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 11.4 dimes and 31.9 rebounds per game, which ranks them 83rd and 56th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Iowa
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