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Michigan State Spartans host Iowa Hawkeyes in college basketball action

Iowa HawkeyesMichigan State Spartans
March 9, 12:00 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Odds

17-15TEAM RECORD24-7

The visiting Hawkeyes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Michigan State Spartans.

This game is part of the Big Ten Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

Michigan State will face the 17-15 Hawkeyes, who own a 15-12 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spartans are 14-13-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Hawkeyes are 14-12-1 favoring the OVER.

View Iowa vs Michigan State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Michigan State in this one will find them as 11-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Spartans at No. 1 and the Hawkeyes at No. 211 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 81-69 result in favor of the Spartans.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan State's No. 81-ranked scoring average of 71.9 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense rated No. 270 and allowing 70.7 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 47.2% to date this season, more than the Hawkeyes shooters have managed so far (45.1% per game).

Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 300-rated defense on the road, allowing 76 points per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 60 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Iowa was a 64-61 winner at home against Illinois. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Iowa got 20 points from Matt Gatens en route to a 64-61 victory over Illinois on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Michigan State was a 72-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against Ohio State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Spartans endured a 72-70 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Sunday, despite a 19-point effort from Draymond Green at Breslin Center.

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
After playing Illinois are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Ohio State are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Hawkeyes at Spartans trends to consider:
Michigan State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Iowa
Michigan State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games