Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 1/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan State (+9.5)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena is the venue where and the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-2) will take on the Michigan State Spartans (8-4) on Thursday. Michigan State opens this game as 9.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 158.5.
Michigan State will play this contest with a record of 8-4 so far this season. The Spartans are connecting on 34.7% on 3-pointers (93 of 268) and 76.6% from the charity stripe. They average 76.0 points per game (104th in Division 1) while connecting on 44.8% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.6 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Michigan State is snagging 38.6 boards per contest and has accumulated 230 assists for the season, which is 6th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Spartans are able to force 11.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.4 fouls. They are conceding 32.9% on shots from downtown and they are 209th in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (71.3). The Spartans defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.8% (299 of 715) and they concede 33.2 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 282nd in college hoops in allowing assists with 163 surrendered for the year.
The Michigan State Spartans stepped onto the hardwood against the Purdue Boilermakers and took a loss by a final of 55-54 in their last contest. Michigan State ended with a 39.0% FG percentage (16 out of 41) and knocked down 3 out of their 13 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Spartans converted 19 of their 25 attempts for a percentage of 76.0%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they earned 30 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 12 dimes for the matchup in addition to earning 4 steals and 9 blocks. When it comes to defense, Michigan State allowed the other team to shoot 39.0% from the floor on 16 of 41 shooting. Purdue recorded 9 dimes and had 2 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Boilermakers had 31 rebounds (11 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 9 blocked shots. Purdue ended up going 73.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of their 19 shots. They converted 3 out of their 24 tries from downtown.
Aaron Henry is one player who came through for this game. He notched 13 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes and pulled down 7 boards. Henry ended up shooting 37.5% from the field and distributed 2 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Spartans was Joshua Langford. He snagged 4 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He shot 36.4% from the floor in this game by going 4-of-11 (10 points). When the game finished, Langford saw the court for 28 minutes.
Iowa has a win-loss mark of 11-2 for the campaign. Iowa has accounted for 1,195 pts so far this year (91.9 per game) and they snag 41.6 boards per game. The Hawkeyes are committing 14.6 fouls every game while shooting 72.5% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Hawkeyes are shooting 48.8% from the floor, which is 46th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 21.3 times per game (1st in D-1) and they are turning it over 10.1 times per contest. The Hawkeyes defensively are ranked 242nd in D-1 in points given up per game with 73.2. They have forced 14.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (104th in the country). The Iowa defense allows 34.9% on 3-point shots (120 of 344) and their opponents are converting on 65.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 16.6 assists and 37.9 rebounds every game, which ranks 324th and 281st in D-1.
In their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes walked away with a victory by a final of 86-71 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Hawkeyes recorded 35 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for the contest. They also rejected 2 shots while recording 3 steals in this matchup. The Golden Gophers committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Hawkeyes to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throws for a clip of 71.4%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Iowa made 9 of their 14 attempts (64.3%). In all, the Hawkeyes walked away from this one shooting 31 out of 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 55.4%. The Hawkeyes allowed the Golden Gophers to convert 25 of 71 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 35.2% for this game. They went 29.4% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 out of 34 and finished the game at 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Iowa permitted Minnesota to get 34 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Luka Garza ended up being a factor for the Hawkeyes for the game. He buried 13 of 20 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 65.0%, which had him finishing with 33 points. Garza pulled down 5 rebounds in his 34 minutes and added 3 assists in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Iowa was Joe Wieskamp. He ended up scoring 20 points in 36 minutes played by going 7 out of 9 from the floor in this contest. Wieskamp ended up shooting 77.8% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Iowa (-9.5)
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