Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/28/14
Michigan State Spartans (18-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -5.5 -- Over/Under: 149 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Tuesday in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are off to a 5-2 start in Big Ten play this season and they are ranked 10th in the nation. Iowa is a perfect 11-0 at home this season and they have played the 75th ranked schedule in the country. Roy Devyn Marble is the Hawkeyes leading scorer averaging 16.1 points per game. Aaron White is averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 9.2 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Mike Gesell is averaging 7.1 points. As a team Iowa is averaging 85.3 points and they are shooting 47.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.2 points and their opponents are shooting 37.6 percent. Iowa is in third place in the Big Ten standings but is looking like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament field.
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The Michigan State Spartans are coming off of their second loss of the season falling to Michigan on Saturday but they are still a perfect 9-0 away from home this season. Michigan State is 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 25 and 8-2 against teams with a RPI better than 100. Gary Harris is the Spartans leading scorer averaging 18.8 points. Adreian Payne is averaging 16.2 points ad 7.7 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 15.3 points, and Denzel Valentine is averaging 7.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. As a team MSU is averaging 79.7 points and they are shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.7 points and their opponents are shooting 38.2 percent. Michigan State is a in second place in the Big Ten and should be competing for a top seed when March Madness rolls around.
Iowa is 18-6 against the spread in their last 24 Big Ten games, 20-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 36-15 against the spread in their last 51 game overall. Michigan State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games, 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games, and 16-33-3 in their last 52 Thursday games.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and I like the over at 149. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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