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11/29 Big Ten Preview: Iowa and OSU Return To Action

Preview all of Wednesday’s Big Ten action.

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The Big Ten only has two games on Wednesday and neither looks particularly great on paper. However, that’s hardly a guarantee of anything.

Let’s take a look at the schedule.

Game of the Day:

-Central Michigan Chippewas at Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Time/TV: 7:00 PM ET (BTN)
  • KenPom Spread: Ohio State by 24

The Buckeyes are one of the hottest teams in the country, coming off two great wins over the weekend, highlighted by a double-digit win over Alabama. The question is now whether Ohio State can keep the momentum rolling in what looks like a manageable portion of the slate.

That effort will begin on Wednesday night at home against Central Michigan. The Buckeyes enter as sizable favorites and for good reason, as the Chips are one of the nation’s weakest squads and enter the game at 2-4 overall. It seems like a complete mismatch. If Ohio State plays even close to its potential, it should be a win.

The player to watch for Central Michigan is Anthony Pritchard in the backcourt. He began his career at Tulsa and takes a massive share of the Chips’ offensive workload. It’s a chance for Bruce Thornton and Roddy Gayle to make a statement and keep rolling.

  • Pick: Ohio State

The Rest:

-North Florida Ospreys at Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Time/TV: 9:00PM ET (BTN)
  • KenPom Spread: Iowa by 23

After two games against quality competition last week, Iowa returns home to resume its traditional slate of horrible non-conference opponents. For this one, the Hawkeyes will get North Florida at home. The Ospreys are rated 292nd on KenPom and will enter Wednesday’s matchup as significant underdogs.

By every typical measure, this should be an easy Iowa win. We’ve seen crazy things happen before, so there’s always a chance of an upset. However, it’s hard to see that happening here. Chaz Lanier is arguably North Florida’s best player, so it presents a nice opportunity for Iowa’s wing group to keep developing. Keep an eye on the battle between Patrick McCaffery and Lanier on the perimeter.

  • Pick: Iowa

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Picks Record This Season: 37-12