The No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-3, 2-2) travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes (13-3, 2-3) for a 2:37 pm tip-off Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes come into this game following a 64-61 loss at Rutgers. Iowa, meanwhile, last played on Wednesday, securing a 73-63 win at Northwestern. The Hawkeyes’ only losses this season have come to Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Purdue, with the latter two happening on the road.
Who: Ohio State at Iowa
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Iowa City, IA — Carver-Hawkeye Arena
When: 2:30 pm (BTN)
Why: Because where else would you rather be on a Saturday afternoon?
Line: Iowa -2
+ The Buckeyes have four wins in six tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60) and took down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court. At home, the Buckeyes fell vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62) and No. 8 Michigan State (86-77) and have a win over Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State has at least four games remaining vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament: Purdue (2), Michigan State (1) and Michigan.
+ The loss to Rutgers was the first time this season that Ohio State lost a game that they were trailing at the half.
+ Luther Muhammad recorded 13 points for the Buckeyes in the game at Rutgers. He has recorded 10-plus points in eight games this season, including reaching double figures in four of the last five games. Muhammad grabbed a career-high six boards. All six were defensive rebounds, another career-high mark for the freshman. The Newark, N.J., native tied his career high of two steals, a mark he has hit five times this season. He also leads the team with a .444 mark from three-point range.
The Iowa Hawkeyes
What You Should Know
+ Tyler Cook is the first Hawkeye in 25 years to total 15+ points and 5+ rebounds in nine straight games. James Winters accomplished the feat the first ten games of the 1993-94 season.
+ The Hawkeyes rank first in the country in free throw makes per game (22.0) and is second in attempts (28.9). Iowa has made 19 or more free throws in 12 of 16 contests.
+ Iowa is 2-2 against nationally-ranked teams this season.
+ The Hawkeyes are 4-1 in games decided by nine points or less, including 2-0 in games decided by five points or less this season.
+ Ohio State leads the all-time series by a narrow, 80-79, margin after sweeping the season series a year ago. Twenty-four of the last 36 meetings have been decided by ten points or less, with 13 decisions by five points or less. Iowa holds a 49-28 overall advantage in Iowa City and a 19-13 record versus the Buckeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Last year’s win by the Buckeyes in Iowa City snapped a two-game losing skid in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to 2015.