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Michigan State Spartans vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/6/14

Iowa Hawkeyes (20-9) at Michigan State Spartans (22-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Breslin Center)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Thursday in East Lansing in Big Ten college basketball.

The Michigan State Spartans have lost three of their last four games but they look to close out their home schedule with a win on Senior Night. Michigan State is 11-5 in the Big 10, 11-4 at home, and they are ranked 22nd in the nation. Gary Harris is the Spartans leading scorer averaging 17.9 points per game. Adreian Payne is averaging 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 13.2 points, and Denzel Valentine is averaging 8.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Michigan State is averaging 76.2 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they area allowing 65.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39.7 percent. Michigan State seems to always be a factor when March rolls around.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/6/14

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off of a win against Purdue that ended a three game losing streak. Iowa is 9-7 in the Big Ten, 7-6 away from home, but just 2-7 against teams ranked in the top 25. Roy Devyn Marble is averaging 17.1 points per game to lead the Hawkeyes. Aaron White is averaging 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds, Mike Gessell is averaging 8.2 points, and Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 7.9 points. Iowa is averaging 83.6 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Iowa is still ranked 24th in the nation in the latest poll.

Michigan State is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 5-0 against the spread in Thursday games. Iowa is 10-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. The road team has covered the spread in nine of the last 13 meetings of these two.

My free pick in this one is going to be on the total which looks too high for this game which should see some banging going on off the boards. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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under 148.5

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