Michigan State Spartans (8-4) at Iowa Hawkeyes (11-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:07 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes meet Thursday in college basketball action from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Michigan State comes into this one at 8-4 so far. The Spartans are coming off a tough one-point loss to Purdue in their last game. As for Iowa, they’re 11-2. The Hawkeyes have won four straight games, most recently taking out Minnesota on Sunday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Michigan State opened up their year on a six-game win streak, taking out Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame, Duke, Detroit, Western Michigan and Oakland. Since then it’s been a 2-4 run with wins over Rutgers and Nebraska mixed in with losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin, MInnesota and Purdue.
In the 55-54 loss to the Boilermakers on Friday, Michigan State’s top scorer was Aaron Henry with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Joshua Langford was the only other Spartans player in double-figures in that one with 10 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes on the floor.
Over on the Iowa side, they began their season with six straight wins before falling to Gonzaga. The Hawkeyes then beat Purdue before falling to Minnesota. Since then it’s been four straight wins for Iowa; they’ve taken out Northwestern, Rutgers, Maryland and Minnesota in their last quartet.
In the 86-71 win over the Gophers on Sunday, Iowa’s Luka Garza led the way on 33 points, five rebounds and three assists. Joe Wieskamp posted 20 points with six rebounds and two assists, and Jordan Bohannon doubled up on 19 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds.
Iowa is 35-17-2 ATS in their last 54 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. The Hawkeyes are 23-9-3 ATS in their last 35 games overall and the over is 5-0 in their last five Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Spartans are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall and 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Thursday games. Michigan State is 1-6 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss and the over is 13-6 in their last 19 games after a straight-up loss.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Iowa. This should be a very interesting matchup, though. Michigan State struggled with a pesky Purdue team in their last game, shooting just 39.0 percent from the field and getting out-rebounded 16-7 on the offensive glass. It was uncharacteristic for the Spartans, who have now been at 68 points or fewer in three of their last four games. Iowa is on a nice offensive clip this season and should have the advantage on paper, at least. I like this game to stay close initially, with the Hawkeyes pulling away in the second half.