Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Odds
The Michigan State Spartans host Iowa on Friday, looking to build on their 24-7 mark against the 21-11 Hawkeyes in college hoops action at United Center.
It's a game in the Big Ten Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. The game is being played at United Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Spartans bring a 24-7 record (13-14-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 21-11 Hawkeyes, who are 19-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Michigan State go 13-14 so far and the Hawkeyes go 11-16-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Spartans at No. 8 and the Hawkeyes at No. 24 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-73 result in favor of the Spartans.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hawkeyes is ranked No. 11 in NCAA hoops at 39.8 per game. Contrast that with Michigan State’s No. 54 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan State is the No. 293-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Iowa rates No. 265 at 5.2 per game.
Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.6 points per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 142 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Iowa, they were a 73-59 winner as they battled Northwestern at home. They covered in the match as a 10-point favorite. The Hawkeyes got 19 points from Roy Devyn Marble as Iowa ran past Northwestern 73-59 on Thursday at United Center.
In their last action, Michigan State was a 71-61 winner at home against Northwestern. They failed to cover the 18-point spread as favorites. Keith Appling scored 16 points leading the Spartans to a 71-61 victory over Northwestern at Breslin Center on Sunday.