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#4853 Michigan State vs.
#4854 Iowa
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

(This game has been postponed due to issues related to COVID-19)

The Iowa Hawkeyes will collide with the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten showdown on Thursday evening. The Spartans are having trouble in Big Ten play where they stand at 2-4. They lost to Purdue last time out.

The #5 Hawkeyes continue to thrive and came away with a decisive home win over Minnesota on Sunday to improve to 5-1 in conference play this season. The Spartans earned a 78-70 home win over Iowa in the only meeting last season.

Spartans Stunned at Home in Fourth Conference Loss

The Michigan State Spartans are in need of a win. The Spartans looked great in non-conference play, winning six straight games. Big Ten play has been a different story as they have dropped their first three Big Ten games and stand at 2-4 in conference action. MSU were six-point favorites in a 55-54 home loss to Purdue last week. The Spartans have only covered the points three times all season.

Aaron Henry has connected on over 60% of his field goals in two out of his last three performances. The junior forward has taken the team lead in scoring with 13.9 PPG along with 5.6 RPG. Joey Hauser is struggling offensively in Big Ten play and hasn’t reached double-digits in points in four straight clashes. The 6-foot-9 junior forward has four double-doubles on the year and owns an average of 11.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG. Josh Langford has shot below 45% in all but one conference game. The senior guard enters this one with an average of 8.9 PPG.

The Spartans are placed 43rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and dipped out of the AP Top 25 rankings this week, although they can climb right back in with a win in this one. Michigan State is inconsistent offensively and is scoring an average of 76 points on the season, ranking them 104th in the country. They are conceding an average of 71.3 points, placing them at 210th overall.

Hawkeyes Crush Golden Gophers in Fourth Straight Win

The #5 Iowa Hawkeyes are seeking their fifth consecutive win in this one. Iowa has rebounded from their loss to Minnesota with four solid victories including a dominating 86-71 home win in the rematch against Minnesota on Sunday to easily cover the 10.5 point spread. The Hawkeyes' only other defeat came against #1 Gonzaga. They have covered three out of their last four bouts.

The threatening Luka Garza continues to demolish the competition. The senior center is almost impossible to defend and has scored at least 24 points in three consecutive games. Garza leads DI with a dazzling 27.6 PPG on a 62.7% clip from the field accompanied by 8.6 RPG. Joe Wieskamp rebounded from a slump with a 20 point effort on Sunday. The junior guard is sporting a 40.7% efficiency from three-point territory and has filed an average of 14.3 PPG. CJ Fredrick has cooled off recently but is capable of big points. The sophomore guard scored 19 points in a recent win against Northwestern and features an average of 9.5 PPG.

The Hawkeyes remained at 5th in the AP Top 25 this week and Ken Pomeroy continues to have them at 3rd in his ratings. Iowa is an offensive powerhouse and stand third in DI with a remarkable average of 91.9 points. They are conceding an average of 73.2 points, landing them 242nd overall.

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Iowa continues to shine while Michigan State has struggled in Big Ten play. Iowa has earned four consecutive Big Ten wins and three of those occurred by double-digits in points. The Spartans only have two wins in their last six games overall and have lost to Purdue and Northwestern.

Furthermore, Michigan State is going to have trouble keeping up with the Hawkeyes. MSU has scored 68 or fewer points in five of their six conference games and their experienced players are having trouble generating significant points. Iowa continues to pile on the points regardless of the opponent. Go with Iowa in this one.

Prediction: Iowa Hawkeyes -9

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Iowa has been receiving high totals and the under has been the more common trend as of late. The Hawkeyes will score their usual big number but Michigan State cannot be trusted offensively considering they are having trouble cracking 70 points in most games. The under is also 4-1 in the Spartans’ last five games against a team with a winning record.

In addition, the Spartans won’t neutralize Iowa but should somewhat contain them considering their defense is a strength. They are limiting opponents to only 41.8% shooting on the season. The under is 4-1 in the Hawkeyes’ last five games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.