Michigan State at Iowa: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Iowa Hawkeyes (11-2) vs Michigan State Spartans (8-4)
Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:07 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Betting Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Carver–Hawkeye Arena.
The Michigan State Spartans have been ultra inconsistent this year, and it’s still hard to know at this point how much success this team can have. Over the last six games Michigan State only has two wins and one of those wins was over Nebraska. In the last game against Purdue, they blew a big lead and that led to them being defeated by a point. Michigan State is averaging 76 points per game while their defense is giving up 71.3 points per game. Michigan State is led by Aaron Henry who averages 13.9 points and shoots 43.7 percent from the field and 23.7 percent deep
On the other side of this matchup is the Iowa Hawkeyes who come into this game with an 11-2 record overall and they come into this game having won four games in a row. In the last game against Minnesota the offense put up 86 points and that led to the victory. On the season, Iowa is averaging 91.9 points per game while their defense is giving up 73.2 points per game. Iowa is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from behind the three-point line. In this game for Iowa it’s going to be about the offense running up the score and making life tough on the Spartans to keep up. Iowa is led by Luka Garza who averages 27.6 points and shoots 62.7 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from deep. .
Michigan State is 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games overall. Iowa is 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games played against the Big Ten. The over is 11-4 in Iowa’s last 15 games overall. 23-9-3 against the spread in their last 35 games overall. The under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings played between the two teams in Iowa.
Iowa is an elite offensive team but I think MIchigan State is going to try and keep the pace down and that will keep the scoring just low enough to keep this total under. Back the under to cash and it’s a lean to Michigan State to cover the spread.