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Iowa vs. Michigan State - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (10-5) at Iowa Hawkeyes (11-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes clash Thursday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Michigan State Spartans have split their last four games and play their third true road game. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 74.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting and is allowing 60.1 points on 36.8 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 13.8 points and 4.3 assists while Travis Trice is averaging 13.3 points and six assists. Branden Dawson is grabbing 9.1 rebounds and Bryn Forbes is shooting 48.5 percent from the field. The Michigan State Spartans get the job done offensively, as they have four double-digit scorers and are shooting 63.3 percent from the free throw line and 40.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan State is forcing 11.9 turnovers and has allowed 61 or less points in five of its last seven games.

Iowa vs. Michigan State - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa Hawkeyes have won three straight and hope to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play. On the season, Iowa is averaging 70.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting and is allowing 59.3 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. Adam Woodbury is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Gabriel Olaseni is shooting 58.2 percent from the field. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging nearly 40 rebounds per game while their defense has allowed 56 or less points in eight of their last 10 games and is allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Iowa is shooting 77.7 percent from the free throw line and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 9-1 SU on their home court this season.

The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Hawkeyes are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big Ten and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Iowa and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.

While Iowa is playing the better basketball, I seem to always back Michigan State and the points. MSU has one of the top head coaches in the game and a team loaded with talent. It's only a matter of time before the Spartans get rolling, which means the value here is on Michigan State. 

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Michigan State Spartans +3.5

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