Michigan State’s performance declined in the past few weeks. The team picked up six of its eight losses in the last ten games. Head coach Tom Izzo needs to get his team back on track for a better shot at a postseason run. They head to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday night. The hosts have a better record in ten games, bagging six victories along the way. They come from a comfortable 75-62 win over Ohio State and are now ready for a game in front of their home crowd.
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Michigan State vs. Iowa Game Information
- When: Tuesday, February 22, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: 760 WJR AM (Michigan State) / KROS AM 1340 (Iowa)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Michigan State (+7.0) / Iowa (-7.0)
Why Bet on the Michigan State Spartans?
There are plenty of avenues where the Spartans can pressure the Hawkeyes in this matchup. We expect the visitors to keep their defense tight against a team that heavily relies on offense. At the time of this writing, Michigan State holds opponents to 66.6 points (86th) per game. This is possible with persistent shooting defense that keeps Michigan State’s opponent shooting percentage down to 40.4% (30th). They are particular when it comes to guarding the arc. The Spartans limit teams to 30.2% three-point shooting (32nd) while averaging a respectable 46.7% opponent two-point shooting (55th).
Michigan State holds one of the best three-point shooting numbers in the league. The team hits 38.3% of their shots from downtown (ninth). This is enough to worry Iowa’s average three-point shooting defense. As a team, the Spartans average 52.4% from the field (72nd).
The Spartans have a healthy roster ahead of the game. It’s one of the elements that can keep their winning chances alive.
Why Bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?
The Hawkeyes heavily rely on offense. They are one of the highest-scoring teams in the league at 83.5 points (fourth) per game in 26 contests played. Two-point shooting is the team’s forte. The lineup hits 53.1% of their shots from the perimeter and the paint. This is good enough to worry the Spartans’ defense. The team features better ball rotation and averages 16.2 assists (15th) per game. Furthermore, Iowa’s offense gets going early on, reaching an average of 40.9 first-half points (third) per game.
Defense is where the Hawkeyes’ weakness lies. The team allows over 70 points (224th) per game on 43.7% opponent shooting (182nd) percentage. They are particularly frail when defending the perimeter and records a 50.3% opponent two-point shooting (206th). Meanwhile, Iowa’s three-point shooting sees slightly better numbers at 32.8% per game (138th). Rebounding also allows the hosts to stay alive on this end of the court. The team averages 37.3 total rebounds (60th) per game.
Iowa features a healthy lineup. This makes the matchup more interesting as we get to see both sides firing on all cylinders.
Michigan State vs. Iowa Betting Trends
- Michigan State is 5-5 in its last ten games (5-5 ATS).
- Michigan State is 6-4 in its last ten games against Iowa (5-5 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of Michigan State’s last five road games against Iowa.
- Iowa is 2-3 in its last five games against Michigan State (2-3 ATS).
- Iowa is 3-2 in its last five games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in five of Iowa’s last ten home games against Michigan State.
Michigan State vs. Iowa Expert Betting Prediction
Even though Iowa is the game’s favorite, there’s plenty of reason to back Michigan State in this one. The visitors secured a win over Iowa this February, which means covering the spread and pulling off the underdog win is not off the table. On the other hand, having home-court advantage gives Iowa more motivation this time around. Their better record in the last ten games also gives them the edge.
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