Greetings Hoops Fans!  This is Dave Horning for Fan Podcast with a preview of the upcoming Big Ten Conference game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Iowa Hawkeyes to be played at 6:00pm on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 in Columbus Ohio at the Schottenstein Center.  The game is being televised on the Big Ten Network, and broadcast locally on radio by The Fan 97.1 FM.

But, there are only two home games left this season, so come out to the Schott and watch this great Buckeyes team – fresh off their stunning 64 to 63 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in a game that was played at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.  “How ‘bout them Buckeyes!”  … winning an away game at Purdue who had had a winning streak of 19 straight home games, the longest in the NCAA, before that game last Wednesday.

So, Let’s Fill Up the Schott!  Come out and see these Buckeyes play in person!

In fact, Krogers and The Fan 97.1 FM are having a promotion called #Fill the Schott – check it out – Buckeye Fans can win an all-session pass to see the Big Ten Tournament in New York City.

And, tickets can be purchased for the Iowa game, unless it becomes a sell-out, at:

Let’s Fill Up the Schott!

This should be a great game to watch coming up against Iowa.  Ohio State is coming off its huge victory at Purdue, and must avoid a let-down against the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Iowa is tied for 11th place in the Big Ten with Minnesota – each team having a disappointing season with records of 3 wins and 10 losses in Big Ten play.  Ohio State’s Big Ten record is 12 wins against one loss – tied with Purdue for 1st place.

But Ohio State’s only loss was at home against Penn State – so anything can happen in the Big Ten this season.  To prove this point, in Iowa’s last game, they almost beat Michigan State in a home game in Iowa City, staying close the entire game before losing by the score of 93 to 96.

After the game, Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo was quoted in the Gazette newspaper as saying: “I hope you all enjoyed the offensive fireworks tonight, because I don’t think either team played any defense to be honest with you. I’ll speak solely for myself. We didn’t.”

Earlier this season, on January 4th, Ohio State beat Iowa in Iowa City by the score of 92 to 81.  In that game, Keita Bates-Diop scored 27 points, had 13 rebounds, a steal and two blocks with no turnovers.  He made 2 of 6 3-point attempts.  Jae’Sean Tate was also solid scoring 18 points and gathering 7 rebounds.  Kam Williams, who will probably not be playing in Saturday’s game due to an ongoing suspension, was 3 for 6 on his 3-point shots, but may have made a comment to Iowa’s Coach Fran McCaffery in the first half that might come back to haunt the Buckeyes.

Kam Williams is alleged to have said to Iowa’s McCaffery: “This is easy” after making a 3-point shot.  Kam had scored 11 points in the first 10 minutes, so it was easy going for Kam at that point in the game, but it might not have been a wise comment to make, no matter how true.

That comment will be recycled and fed to the Hawkeyes players before Saturday’s game.

The Starting Lineup for the Hawkeyes will be:
Number 55 –   6-11 – Freshman Forward Luka Garza
Number   5 – 6-9 Sophomore Forward Tyler Cook, Iowa’s leading scorer averaging 16 points a game; That’s Number 5 – Tyler Cook;
Number 51 – 6-7 Junior Forward Nicholas Baer
Number   4  6-5  Sophomore Guard Isaiah Moss
And, finally, Number   3  6-1  Sophomore Guard Jordan Bohannon – Iowa’s leading 3-point threat – he is making 44% of his attempts.

Look for the following substitutes off the bench:
Number   2 –  6-11 Freshman Forward Jack Nunge,
Number 35 – 6-8 Sophomore Forward Cordell Pemsl, and
Number   1 – 6-6 Sophomore Guard Maishe Dailey from Beachwood High School in Beachwood, Ohio.

Iowa is coached by Fran McCaffery.

Ohio State’s Starting Lineup will probably be:
Number 34 – 6-9 Freshman Center Kaleb Wesson
Number 33 – 6-7 Junior Power Forward Keita Bates-Diop – the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20 points per game;
Number 24 – 6-6 Sophomore Forward Andre Wesson – the replacement for Kam Williams against Illinois and Purdue;
Number   3 – 6-1 Junior Shooting Guard or Point Guard CJ Jackson, the team leader in assists and second in scoring;
and, finally, Number   1 – 6-4 Senior Jae’Sean Tate, Point Guard or Small Forward, the all-around dynamo who never quits and is a capable scorer, rebounder, shot blocker, ball stealer and assist giver.

Ohio State is coached by Chris Holtmann, in his first year.

As I look up and down Iowa’s roster, I just can’t get over the height of the Iowa team.  They gathered 15 offensive rebounds in their loss to Ohio State in January, and out-rebounded the Buckeyes 40 to 38.

The other key to this game will be Ohio State’s ability to play strong defense and hold Iowa to less than the 81 points they scored against the Buckeyes or the 93 they scored against Michigan State in Iowa City.  It was the Buckeyes defense against Purdue that won the game last Wednesday night, the Buckeyes holding Purdue to just 63 points.  Let’s hope that defensive intensity carries on.

This is Dave Horning for Fan Podcast.  See you at the game!  Go Bucks!