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ESPN Releases Its Prediction For Iowa State-Ohio State Game

Lindell Wigginton #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones goes to the basket against Justin Gray #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second half of the game.

LUBBOCK, TX - FEBRUARY 07: Lindell Wigginton #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones goes to the basket against Justin Gray #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second half of the game on February 7, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Iowa State 76-58. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Despite ending the regular season on a three-game losing streak, Iowa State found a way to win its conference tournament with wins over Kansas State and Kansas. Now, the Cyclones will prepare for battle against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday.

Iowa State enters March Madness as one of the hottest teams in the country. Having impactful guards is one of the keys to success this time of the year, and the Cyclones have two playmakers in their backcourt.

Marial Shayok leads Iowa State in scoring with 18.6 points per game, whereas Lindell Wigginton is a versatile slasher that thrives in transition. Both of them will have to be sharp against the Buckeyes to advance to the next round of the tournament.

Ohio State is an inconsistent team that is hard to predict, but it's possible it finds it rhythm in the coming days. Kaleb Wesson is thought of as the go-to scorer for the Buckeyes, which means he'll need to deliver in big situations.

While the Buckeyes were fortunate to be on the right side of the bubble for Selection Sunday, the odds of them continuing this journey aren't too great.

ESPN's matchup predictor favors Iowa State for this contest, giving the Cyclones a 74.5 chance of advancing to the Round of 32.

Iowa State vs. Ohio State

Iowa State vs. Ohio State FPI

Tipoff will be at 9:50 p.m. ET from Bank of Oklahoma Center.

Winner of this showdown faces either Houston or Georgia State.