What: No. 17 Ohio State (12-3, 2-2) at No. 25 Iowa (13-3, 2-3) in men’s basketball
When/Where: 1:37 p.m., Carver-Hawkeye Arena
TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Shon Morris)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 203, XM 195
Series: Ohio State leads, 80-79
Buckeyes data: Ohio State has lost its last two games, 86-77 at home against Michigan State last Saturday and 64-61 at Rutgers Wednesday. It’s the Buckeyes’ first 2-game losing streak since last February. … OSU’s leading scorer and rebounder is 6-foot-9, 270-pound sophomore Kaleb Wesson, with averages of 17.1 and 6.9. “He’s a handful,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. “He’s 270. He’s crafty. They do a good job of getting him the ball in a variety of different ways. Obviously they’re not a one-dimensional team. They’ve got a lot of other weapons. Eventually it’s going to work its way back to him at some point, but that’s not all they do.” Wesson’s brother, junior Andre Wesson, averages 7.3 points. Their father, Keith Wesson, played in 115 games for Ohio State from 1983 to 1987.
Chris Holtmann is in his second year as OSU’s coach, with a record of 37-12. He has been the Coach of the Year in the Big South (2013 at Gardner-Webb), Big East (2017 at Butler) and Big Ten (2018 at Ohio State) conferences. … The Buckeyes have won 14 of their last 19 games against Iowa. … Buckeyes freshman guard Luther Muhammad (9.7 ppg) has an “EGE” necklace, which stands for “Everybody Gone Eat” to remind him of the importance of teamwork.
Hawkeyes data: Iowa seeks its first three-game Big Ten winning streak since it closed the 2016-17 season with four victories. … Junior guard Jordan Bohannon is five points from reaching 1,000 for his career, a feat accomplished by brothers Jason Bohannon (1,170 points for Wisconsin) and Matt Bohannon (1,092 points for Northern Iowa). … Personal season-highs in Iowa’s 73-63 win at Northwestern Wednesday: Isaiah Moss’ 33 minutes and Nicholas Baer’s 10 rebounds. Luka Garza became the first Hawkeye to make 10 free throws in a game this season.
Iowa’s last two opponents, Nebraska and Northwestern, combined to go just 11-for-50 (22 percent) in 3-point shooting against the Hawkeyes. ... The Hawkeyes are 2-2 against ranked teams. ... Randy Larson, the founder and director of the Prime Time League that spanned three decades, will be recognized before the game. ... Former Iowa guard Peter Jok is averaging 14.9 points for the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League.