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Spartans Looking To Avenge Lone Loss

This is a date the Michigan State Spartans have had circled on their calendar ever since losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 29. Michigan State has always been great at avenging losses too, as they are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS when facing a team they lost to in their last matchup. The Spartans and Hawkeyes will battle for Big Ten supremacy when they take the court in East Lansing on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa is 1-9 SU in their last 10 games against Michigan State.
  • Michigan State is 14-0 SU in their last 14 home games.
  • Iowa is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog of 7.0 or more.

Michigan State went 3-1 SU without Denzel Valentine in the lineup, which obviously includes their loss to the Hawkeyes. Valentine returned to the Spartans on Sunday, but played fewer minutes than usual while only scoring 10 points against Penn State. It has been senior Bryn Forbes who stepped up for Michigan State as the guard has averaged 18.4 points while shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range in the past five games.

Ever since dropping a one-point game to Iowa State, Iowa has been on-fire as they have gone 5-0 SU with an average scoring margin of +14.6. Iowa senior Jarrod Uthoff has scored 25 points in each of the past two games after being held to a season-low 10 points against Michigan State.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Michigan State Spartans as -7-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Michigan State Spartans battles the Iowa Hawkeyes, currently sitting with a 12-3 mark (8-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 6-10 for the Michigan State Spartans and 7-6-1 for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

This game puts the Michigan State Spartans, most recently No. 11 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who rate No. 19 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Michigan State's No. 6-rated squad against Iowa's No. 58-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Michigan State rates No. 85 in the country with 7.76 per game, while their foes tonight, the Iowa Hawkeyes rank No. 32 nationally with 8.93 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Iowa got 22 points and 10 assists from Mike Gesell en route to a 77-66 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Spartans blew out Penn State on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 92-65 win at Bryce Jordan Center.

Betting Trends
  • Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Iowa is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games on the road
  • Michigan State is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan State's last 9 games
  • Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan State's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Iowa home to Michigan, Sunday, January 17th
Michigan State at Wisconsin, Sunday, January 17th