Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan State (+11)
The Michigan State Spartans (8-6) travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-4). The spread on this contest has Iowa as 11-point favorites. The over/under opens at 158.
Michigan State heads into this one with a mark of 8-6 for the campaign. They are averaging 72.2 points per outing (167th in college basketball) while connecting on 42.9% from the floor. The Spartans are shooting 32.7% on shots from downtown (102 of 312) and 75.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Michigan State is collecting 38.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 249 assists on the year, which is 50th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per contest and as a team are committing 18.7 personal fouls per contest. Defensively, the Spartans are able to force 11.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 personal fouls. They are 168th in D-1 in giving up assists with 183 relinquished this year. The Spartans defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 42.2% (350 of 830) and they relinquish 34.1 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 32.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 221st in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.6).
The Michigan State Spartans played the Ohio State Buckeyes and went home with a loss by a final score of 79-62 in their last contest. Michigan State finished the game having earned a 32.1% field goal percentage (17 out of 53) and buried 5 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Spartans made 23 of 31 shots for a percentage of 74.2%. In terms of grabbing boards, they compiled 33 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 11 assists for this game while earning 2 steals and 2 blocks. With respect to defense, Michigan State let their opponent shoot 32.1% from the floor on 17 of 53 shooting. Ohio State dished out 8 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Buckeyes collected 33 boards (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Ohio State finished 79.3% when shooting free throws by converting 23 of their 29 shots. They also made 6 out of their 18 attempts from downtown.
Joshua Langford is a player who was a factor for the matchup. He finished with 14 points on 4 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 mins and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Langford finished the game shooting 26.7% from the field and distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Spartans was Joey Hauser. He pulled down 5 boards and also had 2 assists. He ended up going 45.5% from the field for the contest by hitting 5-of-11 (11 points). Overall, Hauser played for 34 min.
Iowa has a win-loss record of 12-4 for the campaign. The Hawkeyes are committing 15.3 fouls per contest while shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 20.6 times per contest (1st in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 10.0 times per contest. Iowa has scored 1,435 points this season (89.7 per contest) and they pull down 41.3 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Hawkeyes are hitting on 48.3% from the field, which is 39th in the nation. The Hawkeyes defensively are ranked 263rd in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 74.1. They are able to force 13.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the floor (135th in college basketball). The Iowa defense concedes 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc (145 of 413) and their opposition knocks down 66.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 16.6 dimes and 36.9 boards per game, which ranks 332nd and 260th in those defensive categories.
For their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes took a loss by a final score of 80-75 when they faced the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Hawkeyes earned 19 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in the matchup. They stuffed 4 tries while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Fighting Illini committed 14 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Hawkeyes to the free throw line for a total of 6 attempts. They were able to knock down 3 of them for a percentage of 50.0%. In terms of three-point attempts, Iowa buried 10 out of 25 attempts (40.0%). Overall, the Hawkeyes ended up shooting 31 out of 72 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.1%. The Hawkeyes allowed the Fighting Illini to bury 29 of their 58 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.0% for the matchup. They shot 42.1% from downtown by going 8 of 19 and ended up going 14 out of 17 from the charity stripe (82.4%). Regarding how they rebounded, Iowa permitted Illinois to get 36 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Joe Wieskamp ended up having an impact for the Hawkeyes in this matchup. He made 6 out of 13 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Wieskamp snagged 4 boards in his 32 mins played and had 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was important for Iowa was Luka Garza. He left the arena with 19 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood via 9 out of 18 shooting in this contest. Garza finished going 50.0% from the floor as well as earning 2 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Michigan State (+11)
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