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Michigan State vs Iowa Basketball Picks 2-20-24

Iowa Hawkeyes (15-11) vs. Michigan State Spartans (17-9)
February 20, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -9.5; Over/Under: +153.5
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The Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten game on Tuesday night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Iowa has alternated wins and losses over their last eight games, while Michigan State has won three games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Iowa vs Michigan State prediction.

Iowa Preview

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 15-11 (7-8) this season after they defeated Wisconsin in overtime by a score of 88-86 in their last game. Iowa trailed 47-43 at the half, but they held Wisconsin to only 31 points in the second half to force overtime, where they were able to pick up the win. The Hawkeyes shot 52.6% from the field and made 24 free throws in the game. Iowa lost to Maryland by a score of 78-66 in the game prior to Wisconsin, but did beat Minnesota before that. The Hawkeyes are scoring 83.7 points per game with 35.9 rebounds per game and 17.6 assists per game, while giving up 78.3 points against per game this year. Tony Perkins is averaging 15.5 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game. Iowa is shooting 47.8% from the field, 77.7% on free throws, and 33.6% on three pointers this season.

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Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans are 17-9 (9-6) this year after they defeated Michigan by a score of 73-63 in their last game. Michigan State led 39-37 at the half and they held Michigan to only 26 points in the second half in the loss. The Spartans shot 42.9% from the field and forced 22 turnovers in the game. Michigan State has won five of their last six games and they have scored at least 80 points in three of those wins. The Spartans are scoring 75.2 points per game with 34.5 rebounds per game and 16.8 assists per game, while allowing 65.8 points against per game this season. Tyson Walker is averaging 18.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. MSU is shooting 47.4% from the field, 70.3% on free throws, and 36.5% on three pointers this year. 

Iowa vs Michigan State Betting Prediction

Michigan State comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten and they are now tied for third in the standings. The Spartans have done a very good job of protecting home court, while Iowa has struggled on the road. The Hawkeyes were able to out last Wisconsin in overtime in their last game, but they played a miserable second half against Maryland in the game before that. Michigan State is the much better defensive team and they are absolutely rolling right now, so give me the Spartans here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Michigan State -9.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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