Michigan State Spartans (17-2) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (16-3)Date : 01/24/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Carver Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes
A huge Big Ten matchup between the fifth-ranked Michigan State Spartans and the 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams enter this game on extended winning streaks at the Hawkeyes have won five straight games as they were able to destroy the Illinois Fighting Illini on their home court in their last time out. Believe it or not, the Hawkeyes were unbelievably accurate from the floor in shooting a whopping 68% from the floor along with 71% from three-point range (15- 21) on the night as Joe Wieskamp, Isaiah Moss, along with Luka Garza were the three 20-point scorers for Iowa in this matchup with 24, 21, along with 20 points to lead the team. Amazingly enough, Wieskamp along with Moss combined to go 11-12 from three point range in the victory.
On the other hand, the Michigan State Spartans are winners of their last 10 games as they were able to put in a dominant performance versus what was a surging Maryland Terrapins team in their last outing as they held the visitors to just 20 points in the first half of their contest while cruising to victory in second half behind 14 points apiece from Kenny Goins as well as Cassius Winston as the Spartans were able to capitalize on 13 turnovers on the night for the Terrapin en route to the victory.
Michigan State Spartans's Latest Performance :
The Iowa Hawkeyes went up by 15 points at the half and never looked back in their blowout victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini and they possessed 3 20-point scorers on the night in Weiskamp, Moss, as well as Garza. Ayo Desunmo led the Fighting Illini with 15 points in the loss as Illinois simply could get nothing going on the offensive end for the duration of the game. Of course, their defense was atrocious in this contest as Iowa followed up a 39 point first-half with posting 56 points in the second half in the blowout victory.
Of course, the Hawkeyes will certainly be looking to carry this momentum into this all important matchup with the Michigan State Spartans. Also, they will be will be looking to atone from a loss earlier in the season to the Spartans as well, which can potentially serve as a valuable aside for this contest, altogether. Nonetheless, the Hawkeyes will look to maintain their dominance at home, where their defense has certainly shined, as they will match up with a Michigan State offense that, despite being up and down recently, remain to be a very dangerous team in posting over 80 points per game on a nightly basis.
Iowa Hawkeyes's Latest Performance :
The Michigan State Spartans certainly proved what they were all about versus a Maryland team that was certainly beginning to make some noise within the Big Ten Conference prior to their matchup. Nonetheless, when all was said and done, Michigan State possessed five double-digit scorers, in all, led by Winston and Goins in which to pull out a much-needed home victory, their sixth straight victory at Breslin student Events Center.
Illinois was able to connect an 11 three pointers for the night, however, the Spartans allowed them just 39% shooting from the floor during the contest as Aaron Wiggins ended the game with 15 points off the bench while Bruno Fernando recorded yet another Double-Double on the season as he ended the 12 points along with 13 rebounds. Leading scorer for the season Maryland in Anthony Cowan ended the game going 3 – 12 from the floor along with 1-6 from three-point range with seven points along with three turnovers in 32 minutes of play.
In other words, Michigan State essentially had their way with the Maryland Terrapins in game one of their yearly, two-game get-together. With that being said, Michigan State remains in the top seed in the Big Ten while Maryland follows at number two. Nonetheless, Michigan state was certainly need to bring the focus for this matchup vs the Iowa Hawkeyes as they have been just as dominant, if not more, than the Spartans, recently. In fact, in the last five games, Iowa has scored 93 points or more on their opponents as all resulted in victories.
How Michigan State Spartans & Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Michigan state is 15 – 4 ATS while the OU is 8 – 10
Iowa is 10 – 9 ATS while the OU is 9 – 10
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup between two power teams within the Big Ten Conference as Michigan State will battle a tough-minded Iowa Hawkeyes squad on Thursday night. Of course, one should expect this to be a highly competitive matchup amongst these two teams as each will be looking into either increase their positioning within the conference, altogether, or, to maintain their top seed, as in the case of Michigan State. One should also look for both teams to push the pace in this contest as both defenses have certainly came on lately as Michigan State, for example, has not allowed opponents to surpass the 60-point mark in five of their last seven games, total.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick; Michigan State Spartans
My reason for the pick :
While I have no doubt that the Iowa Hawkeyes will come to play in this contest, particularly after their stellar play recently, I will back the Michigan State Spartans in this contest as they have played great as well, recently, and will certainly be looking to put on yet another outstanding performance on Thursday night versus a tough Iowa team. Michigan State picked up a huge blowout victory over Iowa in their last meeting on December 3rd, 2018. It is for this reason that the home team will possess a huge amount of focus and intensity for this contest. However, Michigan State will grind out yet another slim victory as they will hunker down on the defensive end in which to limit offensive opportunities late in the game while Winston and Goins will have yet another solid performance for the Spartans in the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four the last six home games for the Iowa Hawkeyes while also being the result in the last 5 games, overall, for the Michigan State Spartans. In fact, Michigan State is allowing opponents only to average 64 points per game in the last four road outings. On the other hand, the Iowa Hawkeyes have limited their opponents to less than 70 points per game in four their last six home games. In all, one should certainly expect the under to be to call in this instance.
Betting trends for Michigan State Spartans:
- The Spartans are 9-1 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 4-1-1 in Spartans last six games
Betting trends for Iowa Hawkeyes:
- The Hawkeyes are 5-1 against the spread in last 6 games
- The over is 4-2 in Hawkeyes last six games