Thursday, March 6, 2014

Iowa at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 24 Iowa at No. 22 Michigan State
Time: 9PM ET
Venue: Breslin Center
Records: Iowa 20-9, 9-7 Big Ten; Michigan State 22-7, 11-5
Iowa stat leaders: Points – Roy Devyn Marble (17.1 ppg); Rebounds – Aaron White (6.9 rpg); Assists – Mike Gesell (4.0 apg); Steals – Marble (1.9 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (17.9 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (8.6 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.8 apg); Steals – Harris (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Iowa W1, Michigan State L2
Point Spread: Michigan State -3.5
Prediction: Michigan State is struggling, no question about it. The Spartans have not looked good for a few weeks now and tonight is a chance for them to start picking up the pieces. A win over Iowa would be a good victory for MSU at this time and perhaps give the Spartans a little momentum heading toward the postseason. Iowa gave MSU everything it could handle in the first meeting, but the Spartans still won and did so without Adreian Payne. I keep waiting for Michigan State to turn it on, but they seem to keep falling deeper into the hole instead. If MSU can’t turn things around and put together a good performance tonight, the outlook for the postseason will be awful bleak. My picks have been off lately, so this may be a bad sign for Michigan State, but I am going to go with the Spartans to win a tough game with a motivated effort. Michigan State 74, Iowa 69

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