IOWA CITY — For the second straight week, the 17th-ranked Iowa’s basketball team will appear on ESPN’s “Super Tuesday” when it hosts No. 25 Ohio State tonight.
Tip is set for 6:02 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Following Saturday’s 81-74 comeback victory at Illinois, the Hawkeyes (17-5 overall, 6-3 in the Big 10 Conference) are now 5-0 this season after a loss.
After winning 20-straight home games, which was the sixth-longest home streak in the country at the time, Iowa dropped its last home game to MSU in overtime (71-69) to halt the streak. Iowa has won 20 of its last 22 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to last year, with both losses coming to MSU.
Iowa’s five setbacks have all come to teams ranked in the top-25 and by a combined 14 points, including two in overtime. The Hawkeyes have lost games by two (Michigan State — overtime), three (Iowa State), four (Wisconsin) and five points (Villanova — overtime).
Senior Devyn Marble, who has led the Hawkeyes in scoring six of the last nine games, enters Tuesday’s game 14th on Iowa’s career scoring list with 1,493 points. He has netted 21 points or more six times this season, including 21 a week ago against Michigan State. Marble averages 17.8 points, 2.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in conference play.
Junior Aaron White ranks second on the team in both scoring (13.5) and rebounding (6.5). White is one of only two Big Ten players to average 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds or better (Northwestern’s Drew Crawford).
Iowa snapped an eight-game losing skid to Ohio State with an 84-74 road triumph earlier this year. The overall series is now tied, 76-76. Twenty of the last 29 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, with 12 of those coming by five points or less. The Hawkeyes hold a 47-26 overall advantage in Iowa City and a 17-11 home record against the Buckeyes.
After starting the season 15-0, Ohio State (17-5, 4-5) lost four straight and five of its last seven. The Buckeyes notched their second Big Ten road win on Saturday, 59-58, at Wisconsin.
Ohio State is 13-2 at home this season and 4-3 in contests away from home, including a 3-3 mark in true road games
LaQuinton Ross contributes a team-best 14.1 points per game, while Lenzelle Smith, Jr., tallies 11.8 points. Ross is the only Buckeye to average in double figures in conference action, scoring 15.9 points in nine games. Senior point guard Aaron Craft averages 4.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 9.1 points (Craft ranks 17th nationally in steals).