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Iowa vs. Michigan State - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State at Iowa
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, IA
The Line
Michigan State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
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The Michigan State Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night.

The Michigan State Spartans will look to add to their current 12-game winning streak after a 69-55 win over Maryland in their last outing. Cassius Winston and Kenny Goins tied for the team-high with 14 points apiece, with Goins shooting 6 of 12 from the floor with a pair of threes, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Winston added a team-high 7 assists. Aaron Henry chipped in 12 points on an efficient 6 of 7 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Matt McQuaid and Xavier Tillman each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Sparty in the win. McQuaid shot 4 of 10 with a pair of threes, 3 assists and 3 steals while Tillman added 5 blocks as well in the victory. Winston leads Michigan State with an average of 18 points and 7.3 assists per game while Goins leads the Spartans in rebounding with 9.6 boards per game this season. As a team, Michigan State is averaging 83.8 points per game on 49.9% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season. The Spartans are also rock solid on defense, giving up just the 3rd-lowest field goal percentage against in the country, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.6% from the floor this season.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will also look to stay hot after winning 5 straight and 10 of their last 11 games following a 95-71 win over Illinois last time out. Joe Wieskamp led the Hawkeyes with 24 points without missing a single shot, going 8 of 8 from the floor, 6 of 6 from 3-point range while hitting a couple of free throws. Isaiah Moss added 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 5 threes and 6 assists while Luka Garza added 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a pair of blocks. Jordan Bohannon added 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting with a pair of threes to round out the scoring in double figures for Iowa in the winning effort. Tyler Cook matched his 7 points with a team-high 7 rebounds while Connor McCaffery dished out a team-high 8 assists. Cook leads the Hawkeyes with an average of 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while Bohannon leads Iowa in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 82.8 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field, 37.3% from 3-point range and 75.7% from the foul line this season.

Michigan State is 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 conference games while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games following a win. Iowa is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Iowa getting points at home is definitely tempting as the Hawkeyes are a solid team that doesn’t give up anything easy and have had success both overall and against the spread as of late. However, Michigan State is rolling right now and are one of the best teams against the spread in the country and have been pretty much money against the number whenever they take the floor. The Spartans aren’t the kind of team you should be looking to step in front of right now and seeing as how Michigan State has already defeated Iowa by 22 points earlier this season, I think the Spartans can pull out another win and cover, this time on the road.

Michigan State -5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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