Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Iowa at Michigan Breakdown & Prediction

No. 10 Iowa at No. 21 Michigan
Time: 7PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records:  Iowa 15-3, 4-1 Big Ten; Michigan 13-4, 5-0
Iowa stat leaders: Points – Roy Devyn Marble (16.3 ppg); Rebounds – Melsahn Basabe (6.8 rpg); Assists – Mike Gesell (3.8 apg); Steals – Marble (2.2 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (18.0 ppg); Rebounds – Jon Horford (5.2 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.8 apg); Steals – Caris LeVert (1.2 spg).
Current Streaks: Iowa W3, Michigan W7
Point Spread: Michigan -2
Prediction: There should be some great guard play in tonight’s game between Stauskas and Devyn Marble. Both are playing at a very high level and will be the focal point for each team. Michigan looked very impressive at Wisconsin and that was a big game for Stauskas to develop into the true leader of the Wolverines. The key will be for Michigan to build off of that win and not start to buy into its own hype. Iowa is coming in knowing it needs this win to avoid falling two games back in the standings. I don’t expect either team to play great defense, but the team that does make the key stops down the stretch will likely win. I don’t like to pick against Michigan after Saturday’s performance, but I feel like Iowa is going to squeak this game out. Iowa 81, Michigan 78

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