The Ohio State Buckeyes (17-10, 7-9) host the No. 22 Iowa Hawkeyes (21-6, 10-6) for a 7:00 pm tip-off Tuesday evening on BTN. The Buckeyes come into this game following a 72-62 loss at No. 24 Maryland. Iowa, meanwhile, was last on the court Friday at home against Indiana, which saw the Hawkeyes come away with a 76-70 win in overtime. Iowa won the first meeting with Ohio State 72-62 in Iowa City.
Who: Iowa at Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
When: 7:00 pm (BTN)
Why: Because the Buckeyes still need a signature B1G win.
Line: Ohio State -3.5
+ Iowa leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 78-75. Ohio State owns a 48-27 record in Columbus while Iowa is 50-25 in Iowa City. The Buckeyes are 2-1 on neutral courts. The Buckeyes are 13-17 all-time vs. ranked Iowa teams. Ohio State has won 9 of the last 11 vs. the Hawkeyes at Value City Arena. Iowa has been ranked in the Top 25 in three of those games. The Buckeyes have won 2 of those three games. The last time and unranked Ohio State team faces a ranked Iowa squad in Columbus was in 2016 (2/28), a 68-64 win for the Buckeyes over the No. 8 Hawkeyes. Kaleb Wesson averages 10.0 points and 5.3 rebounds a game vs. the Hawkeyes in three career meetings. C.J. Jackson has faced Iowa four times and averages 10.5 points and 2.8 boards in the series.
+ Freshman guard Duane Washington led the Buckeyes in scoring with 15 points against Maryland. It was the first time this season he led the team in scoring. Freshman guard Luther Muhammad has done it twice, and in his two games, he also had the game-high scoring figure. Muhammad has scored in double figures 12 times this season. Washington has done it seven times. Muhammad hasn’t reached that mark in any of the last five games, and has scored a total of just nine points over his last four games. He has made just two of his last 27 field goal attempts, and five of his last 37.
+ Freshman guard Justin Ahrens earned his first start in the Buckeyes’ last game and played a career-high 27 minutes. He scored a career-high nine points via career-best three made field goals from beyond the three-point arc. Chris Holtmann said this week that Ahrens could continue to earn minutes if he continues to execute. It is a starting spot that is expected to remain in flux for the rest of the season, however.
The Iowa Hawkeyes
What You Need To Know
+ The Hawkeyes have won 10 of their last 13 games, dating back to Jan. 6. Iowa has also won four of their last five road games (Northwestern, Penn State, Indiana, Rutgers). Iowa’s last four road contests have been decided by seven points or fewer.
+ Jordan Bohannon (1,132 points) has surpassed brother Matt (1,092 at UNI) and is closing in on Jason (1,170 at Wisconsin) for most points scored in a career by a Bohannon. Bohannon shot 29 percent (14-of-48) from 3-point range over the first nine games, but is 46.3 percent (50-of-108) from long distance over the last 18 contests.
+ Tyler Cook has led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in 10 of Iowa’s last 19 games. Cook recorded career point No. 1,000, in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 15. He netted 15+ points and 5+ rebounds in ten straight contests played, dating back to the Michigan State road game on Dec. 3. He is the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94). Cook is one of two Big Ten student-athletes to average better than 16 points and eight rebounds per game (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ). Cook ranks in the top ten in the league in scoring (seventh), rebounding (fifth), and field goal percentage (seventh). The St. Louis native registered his fifth double-double of the season in Iowa’s comeback win over Northwestern on Feb. 10.
+ Junior Ryan Kriener posted his first career double-double in Iowa’s 15-point win over No. 5 Michigan on Feb. 1. Kriener has registered single-season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior. His scoring (5.4) and rebounding (3.0) averages have improved, along with his shooting percentages. His 3-point accuracy (.348) has nearly doubled from his freshman (.200) and sophomore (.200) seasons. The native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, has tallied double figures six times this season.
+ Iowa has made 59 more free throws than any other Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes have made 513 fouls shots, while Minnesota is second behind Iowa with 454 makes. The Hawkeyes rank second in the country in free throw makes (513) and ninth nationally in free throw attempts (684). The Hawkeyes are the only team with three players ranked in the top 11 in the league free throw percentage. Jordan Bohannon ranks second (.862, 81-of-94), Luka Garza is fourth (.841, 69-of-82), and Connor McCaffery is ninth (.783, 65-of-83).
+ Joe Wieskamp is off to a fast start for the Hawkeyes as a freshman. The shooting guard ranks third on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg), and steals (26). Wieskamp is shooting 42.3 percent clip from 3-point range (44-of-104) and 50 percent overall from the field (100-of-200). Wieskamp has been the Big Ten Freshman of the Week two of the last six weeks. The native of Muscatine, Iowa, sank his first 3-pointer of the game with 0.2 seconds remaining and Iowa trailing by one point to propel the Hawkeyes to a 71-69 heart-stopping win at Rutgers on Feb. 16.