Iowa Hawkeyes home to Michigan State Spartans in NCAA Basketball betting action

Michigan State SpartansIowa Hawkeyes
Jan 10, 7:00 PM | Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

12-3TEAM RECORD11-4

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Iowa Hawkeyes try to run the Michigan State Spartans off the court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in college hoops action.

Iowa will face the 12-3 Spartans, who own a 4-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hawkeyes are 5-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Spartans are 5-6 favoring the OVER.

View Michigan State vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Iowa opened as 1-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Hawkeyes, most recently No. 50 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Spartans, who rate No. 26 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 80-79 victory for the Spartans.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iowa has the nation's No. 48-rated offensive output, at 75.5 PPG. The visiting Spartans defense ranks No. 27 allowing on average 57.7 PPG. The Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 44.2% so far, less than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.

Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 79-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan State was an 84-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Purdue. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Spartans and Boilermakers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Purdue was handed an 84-61 defeat on Saturday at Breslin Center.

Iowa was a 95-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. The Hawkeyes were hammered by Michigan on Sunday, losing by a 95-67 final at Crisler Arena in college basketball betting action.

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
Before playing Nebraska are 2-0
After playing Purdue are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Northwestern are 2-8
After playing Michigan are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Spartans at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Michigan State's last 11 games on the road
Michigan State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Michigan State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Iowa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing at home against Michigan State
Iowa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Iowa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State home to Nebraska, Sunday, January 13
Iowa at Northwestern, Sunday, January 13

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