Michigan State vs. Iowa - 2/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State vs. Iowa - 2/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (19-8) at Michigan State Spartans (18-9)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (19-8, 10-6 CONF) and the Michigan State Spartans (18-9, 10-6 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, February 24th for a Big Ten matchup at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

Iowa is coming off an 85-76 home win over Ohio State in their last game. Iowa has now won two straight games and three of their last four overall. Iowa is ranked #18 in the country currently. The #24 ranked Michigan State Spartans are coming off an 86-65 road win over Nebraska in their last game. Michigan State has won two of its last three games. 

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Iowa scores 78.5 points per game on 45.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Iowa’s leading scorer and rebounder is C Luka Garza, who scores 23.7 points per game and earns 9.6 rebounds per game. Iowa allows 71.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +6.6 scoring differential. Iowa also earns 37.5 rebounds, 17.3 assists, 3.7 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game as a team. 

Michigan State scores 75.5 points per game on 45.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Michigan State’s leading scorer is G Cassius Winston, who scores 18.3 points per game. The leading rebounder for Michigan State is F Xavier Tillman, who earns 10.3 rebounds per game. Michigan State allows 64.1 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +11.4 point differential so far this season. Michigan State also earns 41.2 rebounds, 17.7 assists, 5.1 blocks, and 5.2 steals per game as a team. 

Iowa is 16-9-2 against the spread this season and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Iowa is also 4-5 against the spread on the road so far this season. Michigan State is 12-15 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Michigan State is also 9-4 against the spread at home so far this season.

If I had to take one of these teams straight up, I would lean Michigan State at home. However, if I can grab 7.5 points with the Iowa Hawkeyes, I would do that a lot more confidently. I think this will be a great Big Ten battle where both teams will have their moments. I see Michigan State pulling out the win in the end, but 7.5 points with Iowa is too valuable for me to pass up. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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