Michigan State at Iowa 1/28/14 - Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions
CBB: 7:00 PM EST January 28, 2014 TV: ESPN
Important Big Ten battle on Tuesday as the featured ESPN first game of double header has Michigan State Spartans traveling to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to face the Iowa Hawkeyes. First head to match-up this season for these two, Spartans have owned this series winning 6 games in a row including 4-2 ATS in that stretch.
Michigan State is coming into the game to take on the Hawkeyes ranked the 7th team in the nation. Spartans are coming in after a home loss to their rival Wolverines, banged up Michigan State team could hold on losing 80-75. The Spartans were led in the scoring by Gary Harris who managed to put in 27 points, but only two other players managed to contribute more than a single digit effort. Injuries could cost Spartans again tonight as best two inside players Adrien Payne and Branden Dawson look to miss another game.
Iowa has managed to do decent enough to be ranked 15th in the nation. Hawkeyes are 5-2 in conference play but tonight's game might be a must win if they want to have shot at winning the Big Ten title . Last game was easy win by the Hawkeyes, dominating road win at Northwestern 76-50. Hawkeyes were led in the scoring by Roy Devyn Marble and Gabriel Olaseni who both put in 14 points in the game. Depth for Iowa has been big key this year and facing banged up Spartans it should allow them to force the pace and hopefully wear down Michigan State.
Recent Betting Trends:
Under is 8-2 in MSU last 10 road games.
MSU are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
IOWA are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 vs. Big Ten.
Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Iowa.
Free Betting Pick: Michigan State Spartans +5.5
Not often do we get a Tom Izzo team as underdog, yes the Spartans are banged up but they still have ton of talent. Physical defense and reboundins has always been the key for Spartans, tonight Michigan State makes it very uncomfortable for Iowa. Hawkeyes don't like the physical style and tonights will be lucky to even pull out close win. Final Score Prediction, Michigan State Spartans win outright as underdog 77-75.