Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Iowa (-5)
The Michigan State Spartans (10-7) play the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-6) at Breslin Center on Saturday. Michigan State opens this contest as 5-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 152.5.
Iowa heads into this contest with a mark of 14-6 this season. They are averaging 87.4 points per outing (3rd in Division 1) while connecting on 47.5% from the field. The Hawkeyes are connecting on 38.9% from downtown (199 of 511) and 72.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Iowa is grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game and has 391 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 2nd in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 9.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 15.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Hawkeyes are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. The Hawkeyes defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.0% (547 of 1,301) and they surrender 37.6 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 344th in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 334 surrendered for the campaign. They are surrendering 34.9% on 3-pointers while they are 272nd in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (74.3).
The Iowa Hawkeyes faced the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and earned the victory with a final of 79-66 in their last contest. Iowa walked away from the game with a 43.3% field goal percentage (26 out of 60) and made 11 of 23 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Hawkeyes made 16 of their 20 tries for a rate of 80.0%. With regard to grabbing boards, they collected 38 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 20 assists for the game while earning 6 steals and 5 rejections. In terms of defending, Iowa allowed the other team to go 43.3% from the field on 26 of 60 shooting. Rutgers dished out 18 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Scarlet Knights grabbed 29 rebounds (10 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Rutgers ended up shooting 66.7% from the charity stripe by burying 4 of 6 attempts. They also buried 6 out of their 28 attempts from three-point range.
Joe Wieskamp is a guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He totaled 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 35 mins played and snagged 10 rebounds. Wieskamp shot 64.3% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that was a contributor in this contest for the Hawkeyes was Luka Garza. He pulled down 10 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He finished shooting 40.0% from the field in this matchup by going 8-of-20 (22 points). When all was said and done, Garza played 35 minutes.
Michigan State has a mark of 10-7 this year. The Spartans commit 19.4 fouls per game while shooting 75.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 17.4 times per contest (13th in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. Michigan State has totaled 1,215 points for the season (71.5 per game) and they average 38.7 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Spartans are shooting 42.5% from the floor, which is 259th in the nation. The Spartans are ranked 193rd in D-1 in PPG given up with 70.6. They relinquish 13.1 assists and 34.5 boards per game, which ranks them 183rd and 156th in those categories on the defensive end. The Michigan State defense allows 30.9% from downtown (108 of 349) and opponents are knocking down 72.8% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 11.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (112th in college basketball).
For their last game, the Michigan State Spartans went home victorious with a score of 60-58 when they played the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Spartans were able to corral 26 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 35 for this game. They stuffed 3 tries while recording 5 steals for this game. The Nittany Lions committed 16 personal fouls in this contest which took the Spartans to the free throw line for 15 attempts. They were able to make 10 of the free throw tries for a clip of 66.7%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Michigan State made 4 out of their 15 attempts (26.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Spartans walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 55 from the floor which had them shooting 41.8%. The Spartans permitted the Nittany Lions to bury 20 of their 58 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 34.5% in the game. They wrapped up this game 21.7% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 5 out of 23 and ended up shooting 13 of 15 from the free throw line (86.7%). In reference to team rebounding, Michigan State permitted Penn State to grab 30 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Aaron Henry ended up being a major contributor for the Spartans for this game. He made 9 out of 19 in the matchup for a rate of 47.4%, which got him 20 points. Henry totaled 4 boards in his 34 minutes played and had 3 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Michigan State was Malik Hall. He was able to score 10 points in 20 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 out of 4 from the floor in this game. Hall wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the floor and also contributing 2 dimes and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Iowa (-5)
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