Iowa vs. Michigan State - 12/29/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (13-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (9-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Monday night at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Michigan State Spartans hope to win their 16th straight regular season game. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 82.4 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 59.8 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Bryn Forbes is averaging 14.2 points and 2.2 rebounds while Eron Harris is averaging 8.5 points and 2.5 assists. Deyonta Davis is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Lourawls Nairn Jr. is dishing 4.4 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. Michigan State is allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.7 turnovers per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a statement win when they play their fourth ranked team. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 83.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Peter Jok is averaging 13.3 points and 1.5 assists. Adam Woodbury is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Anthony Clemmons is dishing 3.9 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. Iowa is allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.4 turnovers per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won nine straight home games.
The Spartans are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Iowa and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Hawkeyes are as balanced of a team as you're going to find in the Big Ten. Iowa plays smart offense and is very solid and disciplined defensively. I can't take Michigan State here without Denzel Valentine. I see the Hawkeyes rolling rather easily.