There is a chance that the Big Ten Conference can put 12 teams into the NCAA Tournament this season, and the conference is loaded with terrific teams. The Iowa Hawkeyes and Ohio State Buckeyes are two teams that can make the NCAA Tournament this season, and they will meet up for a showdown this week. This Thursday night Big Ten Conference showdown is our College basketball betting pick of the week.
Iowa enters the week in third place in the rugged Big Ten Conference with a record of 9-6. The Hawkeyes have won two of their last three games and come into this game with an overall record of 18-8. Ohio State comes into this game with an overall record of with 17-8, and they have won five of their last six games. The Buckeyes are just 7-7 in Big Ten Conference play, but they are climbing up the standings in a hurry.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the Big Ten Conference this season, and they enter the week averaging 79.0 points per game. Iowa wants to speed up the tempo when they have the ball, and they love to take quick three point shots. The Hawkeyes are allowing 72.4 points per game, but they feel that their offense is good enough to make up for a lack of defense.
Iowa center Luka Garza might be one of the most underrated players in the country, but he has been dominant for the Hawkeyes this season. Garza leads the Big Ten Conference with 23.7 points per game, and he can score in a variety of ways. Connor McCaffery sets up the offense with 3.6 assists per game, and the Hawkeyes have shooters up and down the roster.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the exact opposite of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and they have gotten the job done on the defensive end of the floor this season. Ohio State is allowing just 61.4 points per game, which is close to placing them in the top-10 of all college basketball teams. The Buckeyes are scoring just over 71.5 points per game, but their defense can keep them in any game.
Kaleb Wesson was viewed as one of the top players in the Big Ten Conference prior to the season, and he has gotten the job done this season as well. Wesson leads the team with 14.1 points per game, and he has been playing great basketball of late. The Buckeyes have a ton of young talent on this roster, and they will be able to keep up with the Hawkeyes if needed.
The Ohio State Buckeyes looked like the class of the Big Ten Conference during the non conference portion of the season, but things have changed in a hurry. The Buckeyes can still be a force in the NCAA Tournament, but they need a win in this game. Ohio State can really defend, but no team has been able to slow down Iowa at home. The Hawkeyes are going to shoot it well and cruise to victory in this Big Ten showdown in the college basketball betting pick of the week.