Men's Basketball

Saturday Shootaround — Iowa at Ohio State Preview

Ohio State Basketball Buckeyes


The No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team (21-5, 12-1) hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-14, 3-10) Saturday evening at Value City Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:07 pm and the game will be televised on BTN.

The Buckeyes are coming off of a 64-63 win at Purdue this past Wednesday. Iowa last played on Tuesday, losing a tough one 96-93 to Michigan State in Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Opening Tip

Who: Iowa (12-14, 3-10) at No. 14 Ohio State (21-5, 12-1)

What: Men’s Basketball

Where: Columbus, Ohio — Value City Arena (18,809)

When: Saturday, 6:07 pm (BTN)

Why: Because it’s your first chance to thank the Buckeyes for the Purdue win.

Line: Ohio State -14.5

Ohio State

Three Point Territory

[The Iowa Series] Iowa leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 77-74. The Hawkeyes are 49-25 in Iowa City vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 47-27 vs. the Hawkeyes in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won six of the last eight games at Iowa and eight of the last 10 in Columbus. The teams have met three times on neutral courts with the Buckeyes winning twice. Kam Williams has the most experience vs. the Hawkeyes with five games played during his career. He averages 8.8 points in the series. Senior Jae’Sean Tate averages 12 points and 6.3 rebounds in four career meetings with the Hawkeyes. In two games vs. Iowa, junior Keita Bates-Diop averages 23 points on 18 of 28 shooting (.643) to go with 9.5 rebounds a game.

[Recapping Purdue] Ohio State’s bench outscored Purdue’s bench 18-0 in the contest. the last time an opponent did not have any bench scoring was Illinois Jan. 10, 2012. Ohio State also did not have any bench points in that game in a 79-75 loss to the Illini in Champaign. Chris Holtmann moved to 2-0 all-time against Purdue.

[Best First Season Ever] Holtmann has the most wins in Ohio State history (21) in his first season as coach of the Buckeyes. Thad Matta won 20 (20-12) games in 2005 and Gary Williams won 20 (20-13) in his first season in Columbus in 1987.


What You Should Know

+ Over the previous 25 seasons, just five Big Ten freshmen have averaged 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one block per game. Currently, Luka Garza averages 11 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.1 blocks.

+ All 12 of Iowa’s wins this season have come when scoring 80 points or more. Iowa has scored 93 points or more in three Big Ten games in the same season (Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan State) for the first time since 1994-95.

+ Jordan Bohannon is the sixth player nationally to make five or more triples in five straight road games over the last 20 years. He ranks eighth in career 3-pointers at Iowa (164).

+ No. 4 Michigan State scored 48 points in each half and rallied late to upend Iowa, 96-93, Tuesday in Iowa City in the only regular season meeting between the two teams. Five Hawkeyes netted double figures: Tyler Cook (26), Jordan Bohannon (17), Maishe Dailey (13), Isaiah Moss (11), and Cordell Pemsl (11).

+ Iowa has scored 50 or more second-half points six times this season, including three of its last four games (50 at Nebraska, 57 versus Minnesota, 51 versus No. 4 Michigan State). The 57 second-half points against the Gophers are the most in the second half of a Big Ten game since scoring 62 at Illinois on March 4, 1990.


Iowa likes to run up and down the court, which will challenge Ohio State’s defensive prowess for all 40 minutes. Iowa has three Big Ten wins this season, and has scored at least 80 points in each of the wins. They are 3-2 in Big Ten play when scoring at least 80 points, with one of those losses coming to Ohio State. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have only allowed 80 points in a Big Ten game twice this season. The first was to Iowa, and the second was the loss to Penn State. The math says if Ohio State keeps Iowa under 80 points, the Buckeyes can’t lose. Iowa has size, which has Chris Holtmann concerned. The near-win against Michigan State for the Hawkeyes has everybody’s attention, so the Buckeyes shouldn’t be feeling their oats from the Purdue win any longer. This feels like a game where Keita Bates-Diop can score a lot of points.

Ohio State 85 – Iowa 75