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Iowa vs. Michigan State - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (22-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-13)
Date & Time Tuesday February 6, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +10.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Michigan State Spartans (22-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-13)

We have some Big Ten action on the hardwood as the #4 Michigan State Spartans take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a college basketball matchup.

The #4 Michigan State Spartans will be looking to add to their current 6 game winning streak following a narrow 63-60 win over Indiana in their last outing. Matt McQuaid led the Spartans with 4 threes for his team-high 12 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Joshua Langford each added 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Michigan State in the win. Jackson Jr. shot 4 of 8 with a whopping 7 blocks, while Langford went 4 of 13 with a pair of threes. Miles Bridges added 7 points with a team-leading 8 rebounds while Cassius Winston chipped in 7 points of his own to match his team-high 7 assists in the win. Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring with 17.4 points per game while Winston leads MSU in assists with 7 helpers per game and Nick Ward is the Spartans’ leading rebounder with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Michigan State is scoring 83.2 points per game while boasting the 2nd best field goal percentage in the country at 51.6% shooting from the field. The Spartans are also shooting 41.4% from the 3-point line and 73.7% from the foul line this season. Michigan State owns the best defensive field goal percentage, allowing their opponents to shoot just 35.4% from the field this season.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 82-58 road loss to Penn State in their last outing. Tyler Cook led Iowa with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 6 rebounds while Luka Garza added 13 points and 6 rebounds of his own as the only other Hawkeye to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Jordan Bohannon added a team-high 3 assists to match his 3 points in the losing effort for Iowa. Cook leads Iowa with an average of 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Bohannon is the Hawkeyes’ leader in assists with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is scoring 80.2 points per game on 47.8% from the field, 37.9% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

Michigan State is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a win. Iowa is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Michigan State is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Iowa. 

Iowa has actually won back-to-back home games by double digits, but sorry, Wisconsin and Minnesota aren’t on the same level as Michigan State right now. Sure, the Spartans have had a couple close calls lately against teams like Indiana, Penn State and Maryland, but the Spartans are the better team by a mile here and have had success ATS in this matchup, and in Iowa’s backyard no less, so I’ll lay the points on the road here with Michigan State.

Michigan State -10.5

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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