Ohio State vs. Iowa Basketball Game Preview And Prediction

Ohio State vs. Iowa Basketball Game Preview And Prediction

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Ohio State vs. Iowa Basketball Game Preview And Prediction


Ohio State heads home after a program building win at Purdue Can it keep momentum going for a stretch run for a league title?


Ohio State (21-5) (12-1) vs. Iowa (12-14) (3-10) Game Preview

Broadcast, TV, Game Time

Date: Saturday, February 10
Game Time: 6:00 pm ET
Venue: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Network: BTN


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And so the storybook season continues. If you didn’t think it, you were in the minority. As good and overachieving as this Ohio State squad had been so far, West Lafayette was were all that was supposed to end.

And for a while there it looked like it would. But no, not this Buckeye team. It kept playing hard, trusting each other, and found a way to steal one on the road against one of the best teams in the country.

It’s now time to head back home and face an Iowa team that has struggled to put it all together this year. But don’t let that full you. This Iowa team has talent, and has shown the ability to play with upper-echelon teams. It just hasn’t been able to seal the deal more times than not.

Here’s another chance. Will OSU have a let-down, or will the Buckeyes keep plugging away?

Ohio State Short Attention Span Game Plan

Iowa likes to get out and score. It’s averaging over 80 points a game and fourth in the country in assists per game. A lot of those come in transition, and that’ll be how the Hawkeyes want to play against Ohio State.

The problem is that Iowa has been lacking focus on the defensive end while pushing to score the basketball. It has given up 78.3 points per contest, and that’s not winning defense. Especially in the Big Ten.

For Ohio State, this needs to be a half-court game. Run the offense and get good, open looks. Shot selection is the first in making buckets and getting Iowa to bring the ball up the court to get in offensive sets.

Get back in transition, pressure the point of attack, and make it difficult to get the ball down low to Tyler Cook who can be a one-man wrecking crew. Double down on the 6-9 forward if you have to, and make the Hawkeyes’ leading scorer and rebounder take jump shots.

Key Player For Ohio State

Keita Bates-Diop. Of course the front-runner for Big Ten player of the year is key in almost any game, but the matchups in this one really favors the 6-7 forward that has an enormous wing-span.

If a Tyler Cook comes out to guard Diop, he’s got the quickness to blow by and get looks in the paint. If a guard tried to check him, his length will allow him to get almost any shot off over the smaller player, or go down low to post up.

Frankly, Diop is a matchup nightmare against almost anyone, but Iowa’s inability to help and close out makes it even more so — as evidenced by his 27 points against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City the first go ’round.

Look for Diop to have a big game again at home.

How It’ll All Go Down

There is a concern for a little bit of a let down here with the emotional win on the road over Purdue, and the quick two-day turnaround. But Ohio State is at home, and should be able to muster the energy and focus knowing so much is still out there to attain.

But don’t for one second think this won’t be a game. Despite mounting losses, the Hawkeyes have been playing better — most notably on defense. Iowa will go on runs, and might even grab the lead throughout the game, but Ohio State won’t beat itself, and will take advantage of an efficient offense to win a closer than expected game.

Final Score

Ohio State 81, Ohio State 74

Line

Ohio State -10

 

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