Ohio State Vs. Iowa State Betting Picks | March Madness Round 1 Betting
11 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. 6 Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview
Ohio State has had better years; I think they will tell you that. But they are in the dance, and the Buckeyes will ride the “anything can happen” motto, when taking on the favorite Iowa State Cyclones in the first round. The March Madness betting line at MyBookie.ag opened with Iowa State at 6.5-point favorites. A lot of money came in grabbing the points with Ohio State, and that dropped the line one point. I wouldn’t be surprised if the betting sites close this betting line at 5.0-points when game time arrives.
Ohio State’s implied probability of winning this game is 33% at the money line. The people from MyBookie.ag is giving the Buckeyes more than just a puncher’s chance, despite losing four of their last five games. They did battle against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament but fell short because they are not as good as the Spartans. I don’t think Ohio State has one playmaker to keep an eye on. Yes, Kaleb Wesson is terrific, but he’s not the type of player that is going to carry the team when the squad needs him the most. If he’s going to shine is going to be because the rest of the team is playing at a high level as well.
Iowa State took down Kansas in the Big 12 title games with authority. Sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton had a solid showing coming from the bench with 17 points. He’s been averaging 15.3 points per game in the last six outings. This is no longer something that just randomly happened. Iowa State is waiting for Wigginton to show up on every game for the rest of the season. The Cyclones have a 67% implied probability of beating Ohio State and advancing. But can they cover as 5.5-point favorites? One underrated factor about this Iowa State team is they can defend well. Consistent defending will take you a long way during March.
The matchup shouldn’t have many points on either basket. In fact, 140 points seem like reaching a little. I will go hard on the under, knowing but teams feeds from their defensive efforts. For many, Ohio State shouldn’t even be in the tournament. Iowa State might have the crown on their side as well. The venue is close home, and there are a lot of Cyclones fans making the trip.
How much of a factor is this? It’s a big one. Many of these players are kids, and they feed off the crowd. And on the Buckeyes’ side, there might be a little stage fright, especially knowing they haven’t been that good all season. I wouldn’t dare to take the Buckeyes in the money line. And I don’t think they will have enough offense to make this a competitive matchup. What’s the play? Iowa State -5.5
Spread: Iowa State -5.5
Money line: Ohio State +205 vs. Iowa State -255
Game total: 140
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Game time: 8:50 PM ET
Venue: Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
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