NCAA Tournament: Ohio State vs. Iowa State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 22
Game Time: 9:50 ET
Venue: Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
All You Really Need To Know About Iowa State (23-11)
(Big 12), NCAA NET Rank: 21. Midwest 6-seed
The Cyclones were just okay in the regular season, and then they turned it on when the lights went on to win the Big 12 Tournament. Just when it seemed like they were fading with five losses in six games, it all clicked with three excellent wins over Baylor, Kansas State, and Kansas to get the job done.
It’s a really, really young team with excellent guards and a big-time scorer in Marial Shayok. They’re amazing from three and terrific at generating the extra pass, but they don’t get to the free throw line and they’re just okay on the boards. They’ll have problems with teams that dominate the defensive glass.
All You Really Need To Know About Ohio State (19-14)
(Big Ten), NCAA NET Rank: 55. Midwest 11-seed
It looked for a while like the season was going deep into the tank after a run of five straight losses after and a 1-6 start to 2019. Worse yet, the Buckeyes are 7-13 this year, but a win over Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament, and a decent enough NCAA NET rank for them in.
Scoring is a problem, and there isn’t enough of an inside presence, but the defense is strong enough to potentially come up with a win or two against anyone who isn’t great on the boards. As long as the game is kept in the low 70s, OSU will have a shot.
What’s Going To Happen
The Ohio State defense is just good enough to keep this close throughout – don’t expect a high-flying shootout – but it’ll be tough to find the scoring pop when needed. Iowa State is going to have big problems with the tougher teams on the boards, and that’s not the Buckeyes.
It’ll be maddening for OSU – the game will be right there for the taking, and it won’t be able to do it. Iowa State will hit the key shots the Buckeyes won’t.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Iowa State 73, Ohio State 70
Line: Iowa State -5.5, o/u: 140
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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