The Ohio State Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5) travel to Iowa City for a Tuesday evening game versus the Iowa Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-3). Ohio State is coming off an exciting, down-to-the last shot win over Wisconsin 59-58, while Iowa dispatched Illinois 81-74. This is the return engagement where Ohio State will try to get the win that they missed the last time these teams played.
Here’s their Profile
University of Iowa
When last seen, the then #20 Hawkeyes were (13-2, 2-1). Including their beatdown of Ohio State, Iowa is on a 4-2 stretch and ranked #15 (at the time of this preview).
Coach McCaffrey is still running the traditional 2G/1C/2F lineup with Roy Devyn Marble (6’6”) and Mike Gessell (6’1”) at the guard positions, Adam Woodbury (7’1”) at center, Aaron White (6’9”) and Melsahn Basabe (6’7”) at the forward spots. Marble (16.3) and White (13.5) continue to lead the Hawkeyes in scoring, and have increased their per-game output since the Ohio State game. White and Basabe lead the team in rebounding, each with 6.5 per game.
Note: Player and team stats courtesy of statsheet.com
Here are the University of Iowa Hawkeyes:
Ohio State University Buckeyes
Prior to the January 12th game, the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) were ranked #3 in the country. That was then. Now the Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5) sit at #24, for now, and are solidly in the 2bd tier of the Big Ten standings.
On a positive note, Ohio State just earned a big road win against Wisconsin. Aside from the win itself, Ohio State looked like a much better team, particularly in the 2nd half. There are still glitches and inconsistencies to work out, but I’ll take a conference road win, no matter how it looks.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||11.8||44.7||36.8||76.1||5.1||1.5||1.2|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||5.3||39.8||37.3||62.5||1.9||0.3||0.7|
If Ohio State brings, and sustains, the energy and effectiveness that we saw in the opening minutes of both halves against Wisconsin, this could be another big road win for the Buckeyes. And, they need to improve their “closing” performance. They also need to improve their interior defense; it’s been suspect and in the last game, Iowa torched us for 44 points in the paint. Ohio State will need big games from Amir and Trey.
I look for Iowa to stick with what worked in the first game, aggressiveness. They worked us pretty convincingly with their in-the-paint offense. Defensively, they kept OSU off balance with changing from zone to man-to-man defenses, while occasionally showing a man-to-man press, then dropping back to a zone half-court defense.
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The game is scheduled for tomorrow night, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN, check your local listings. Live chat coverage will be provided by tBBC, check back here. Please join us for our live chat approximately 30 minutes before tip-off.