Staff Picks: OSU vs. Iowa
By the-Ozone Staff
Ohio State and Iowa may have the same overall record at 17-5, but the two teams have come to those records much differently. The Hawkeyes' losses are all of fair quality, while the Buckeyes' losses are decidedly not. With Iowa already getting a win in Columbus, this would be a great revenge win for Ohio State, but I just don't see it happening. The Hawkeyes can score too well for the Buckeyes to keep up. Ohio State will need to get back to their defense from early in the season if they are going to pull this one out. Iowa 74, Ohio State 63 — Tony Gerdeman (2-5)
After the win at Wisconsin, this game presents somewhat of a crossroads for Ohio State. Back-to-back road wins over ranked opponents could really get the ball rolling in the right direction. A loss, however, would be further proof that the Buckeyes aren't part of the cream of the crop in the Big Ten. It's logical to think that Iowa, which ranks sixth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency according to kenpom.com, will defeat the Buckeyes, who rank 120th. But nothing in this league is logical. Ohio State 72, Iowa 70 — Rob Ogden (2-5)
I keep getting these predictions wrong, but then again no one knows what's going on in the Big Ten. Iowa has proven that they are a pretty good team and the Buckeyes still need to prove that in Big Ten play. Advantage Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Iowa 78 Ohio State 62 — Patrick Murphy (2-5)
Buckeyes got a nice win over a swooning Wisconsin team last week. Iowa is not swooning. They were decidedly better than the Buckeyes in Columbus. Should be the same in Iowa. Iowa 73, Ohio State 64— John Porentas (1-6)
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