Iowa at Ohio State odds, picks and prediction

The Iowa Hawkeyes (17-8, 7-7 Big Ten) visit the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-6, 9-4) Saturday at Value City Arena in Columbus. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET (on FOX). Below, we look at the Iowa vs. Ohio State odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The Hawkeyes suffered a stunning 84-79 loss against underachieving Michigan Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as the OVER hit for a third straight game. Superstar Keegan Murray went for 23 points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots and a steal, but it wasn’t enough.

The Buckeyes were tripped up at Rutgers Feb. 9, but they have bounced back for consecutive wins at Michigan Feb. 12, and at home to Minnesota Tuesday. The 70-45 win over the Golden Gophers was the biggest victory against a conference foe this season for Ohio State.

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Iowa at Ohio State odds, spread and lines

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Money line: Iowa +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Ohio State -240 (bet $240 to win $100)
Against the spread: Iowa +5.5 (-120) | Ohio State -5.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 152.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)

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Iowa at Ohio State odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Ohio State 76, Iowa 69

Money line

Ohio State (-240) is on its home court, but this won’t be an easy assignment. The Buckeyes can sometimes have some troubles with bigs, and Keegan Murray is a handful for most. He’ll keep Iowa (+190) in the game.

PASS.

Against the spread

Taking OHIO STATE -5.5 (-105) is the better play at home as the Buckeyes have posted a 6-1 ATS mark in the past seven games. While Ohio State will have difficulty with Murray, the Hawkeyes are mostly a one-trick pony. Shut down Murray, or at least keep him from having a huge game, and it should be a cover for the home side.

Over/Under

The UNDER 152.5 (-107) is the play here, as the Buckeyes have cashed the Under in three in a row while yielding just 56.0 PPG during the three-game span. Iowa has cashed the Over in five of the past six games overall, but the Under is 6-2 in the past eight as a road ‘dog for the Hawkeyes.

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Author: Naomi Berry