Friday, March 15, 2013

Iowa vs. Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

Iowa vs. No. 6 Michigan State
Time: 9 p.m.
Venue: United Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Iowa 21-11, 9-9 Big Ten; Michigan State 24-7, 13-5
Iowa stat leaders: Points – Roy Devyn Marble (14.3 ppg); Rebounds – Aaron White (6.1 rpg); Assists – Mike Gesell (2.9 apg); Steals – Gesell (1.2 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.5 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.5 rpg); Assists – Appling (3.7 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.6 spg).
Current Streaks: Iowa W2, Michigan State W2
Point Spread: Michigan State -5.5
Prediction: Michigan State begins its Big Ten Tournament today against Iowa, which is coming off a 73-59 win over Northwestern last night. These two met just once this year, with MSU getting a 62-59 win at the Breslin. The Spartans have won five straight and nine of their last 10 against the Hawkeyes. I see MSU getting the win again today, but I think Iowa will make it a challenge. The Hawkeyes have been a tough out all season, as seven of their nine Big Ten losses have come by single digits. MSU may have to play from behind for a good portion of the game, but I see the Spartans staying composed and grinding out the victory. Michigan State 67, Iowa 61

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