Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Michigan State at Iowa Breakdown & Prediction

No. 7 Michigan State at No. 15 Iowa
Time: 7PM ET
Venue: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Records: Michigan State 18-2, 7-1 Big Ten; Iowa 16-4, 5-2
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (18.8 ppg); Rebounds – Denzel Valentine (5.9 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.9 apg); Steals – Harris (2.2 spg).
Iowa stat leaders: Points – Roy Devyn Marble (16.1 ppg); Rebounds – Melsahn Basabe (6.7 rpg); Assists – Mike Gesell (3.8 apg); Steals – Marble (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State L1, Iowa W1
Point Spread: Iowa -6
Prediction: Given the injuries, this is not a good matchup for Michigan State. Iowa comes in as the third-best rebounding team in the country and the Hawkeyes like to play up tempo. MSU has the guards to compete with Iowa, but the Spartans will have to shoot incredibly well to win this game. With Keith Appling not 100 percent, I don’t see that happening. This game would be interesting if MSU was coming in healthy, but with the Spartans keeping themselves together with glue and tape, look for Iowa to be too much for them. Iowa 78, Michigan State 70

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