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Take Points with Iowa vs Ohio State

Both Iowa and Ohio State have some work to do when it comes to securing spots in the March Madness bracket. A win on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament won’t seal the deal, but it would be a nice place to start. Ohio State is listed as the slight favorite in a game that will decide which team gets to face No. 2 seed Illinois in the quarterfinals.

When making March Madness bets, keep in mind that Iowa won the only meeting between the teams in the regular season 79-77 as a six-point home favorite. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes met in the 2023 Big Ten tournament with Ohio State emerging with the 73-69 victory as a four-point underdog. Four of the last six games between Iowa and Ohio State went under the total.

Take Points with Iowa vs Ohio State
Take Points with Iowa vs Ohio State

Ohio State is listed as a 2-point favorite according to the NCAAB expert picks.

While Ohio State is favored to win the game, Iowa leads at +30000 in the odds to win March Madness. Ohio State is priced at +50000 in the championship odds.

Keep on reading for more on the matchup between Ohio State and Iowa and take a look at some March Madness betting odds.


Ohio State vs Iowa Game Information

  1. Game: Ohio State (19-12) vs Iowa (18-13)
  2. Date/Time: Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. ET
  3. Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  4. Ohio State vs Iowa Live Stream: TBS.com


Ohio State is 10-7 against the spread in neutral-site games over the last three seasons with the Buckeyes winning outright in 11 of those contests. Iowa has covered in just five of its last 13 games played at neutral sites but is 7-6 in those games.

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Ohio State is priced at -135 to win the game outright with the Hawkeyes at +115 in college basketball lines.

Ohio State vs Iowa Odds and Spreads


  1. Ohio State is 15-5 as a favorite this season.
  2. Iowa has lost 10 of its 14 games as the underdog.
  3. Iowa is 3-1 against the spread in neutral-site games.
  4. The Buckeyes are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games.
  5. The total went over in six of Iowa’s last nine games.
  6. Ohio State has covered in four of the last five contests against Big Ten teams.
  7. The Hawkeyes have covered in one of their last six games played in March.
  8. Ohio State has won all four of its games played on neutral sites.


Ohio State vs Iowa ATS Pick: Iowa +2

When the teams met in early February, it was a one-possession game for nearly 35.5 of the 40 minutes. Iowa held on for a two-point win thanks to Iowa being +17 in fast-break points. Don’t be surprised to see another back-and-forth battle.

Iowa has won four of its last six games against Ohio State

Dasonte Bowen, one of nine Iowa players to average more than 10 minutes per game this season, is out.


Ohio State vs Iowa Over/Under Pick: Under 153½

The total has gone under in four of the seven games that Ohio State and Iowa have played at neutral sites this season. Keep that in mind when looking at the best college basketball bets today.

Ohio State is 70th in defensive efficiency according to the Pomeroy college basketball database so perhaps the Buckeyes can slow down an Iowa team ranked 15th in offensive efficiency. Neither team is elite defensively but at this time of the year, points can be harder to come by. The 153½-point total seems a little bit on the high side.


Ohio State vs Iowa Player Prop Pick: Payton Sandfort to score 17+ Points (-110)

Sandfort has three consecutive games with at least 23 points and he hit nine 3-pointers in his last two games, so Iowa’s leading scorer is peaking at the perfect time. He had just 15 points against Ohio State in the regular season but figures to top that mark in the tournament matchup.

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Ohio State vs Iowa Prediction

Iowa 77, Ohio State 75




Questions Of The Day

Which team has a better record against the spread going into the matchup between Ohio State and Iowa?

Ohio State is 14-16-1 against the spread this season. Iowa’s 12-18-1 record against the spread is ahead of only Michigan among Big Ten teams.

What is a player prop worth considering for Ohio State?

With leading scorer Bruce Thornton struggling, sophomore Roddy Gayle has been the most consistent scorer recently for the Buckeyes with five straight double-digit scoring games.



The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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