Michigan State vs. Iowa - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3) at Michigan State Spartans (16-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans square off Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
The Iowa Hawkeyes hope to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 81.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 40 percent shooting. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 18.6 points and 6.1 rebounds while Peter Jok is averaging 13.1 points and 1.7 assists. Mike Gesell is dishing 6.9 assists and Adam Woodbury is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. Iowa is allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.1 turnovers per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won six of their last eight road games. Anthony Clemmons is questionable with a hip injury.
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The Michigan State Spartans hope to keep flexing their muscle after a 13-1 start to the season. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 80.3 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.1 points on 35.9 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 17.8 points and 6.8 assists while Bryn Forbes is averaging 14.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Eron Harris is dishing 2.1 assists and Matt Costello is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. MSU is allowing 26.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.4 turnovers per game. The Michigan State Spartans have lost eight home games since 2013.
The Hawkeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games. The Hawkeyes are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Michigan State will be eager to return the favor to Iowa, the only team to beat the Spartans this season. However, as I mentioned when these teams played the first time, the Hawkeyes are no joke. Iowa plays quality ball at both ends of the floor, is experienced and has proven it can win on the road. While the Spartans may get their revenge, the points should come in handy.