Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan State Spartans Free Prediction

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Expect a high-scoring game when the 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1, 0-1 Big 10) clash with the ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans (6-2, 1-0 Big 10) at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Action begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Spartans beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 78-67, while the Hawkeyes were beaten by the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 72-66.

Michigan State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.328 (above their season average of 0.243) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.509 (below their season average of 0.572). For those same stats, Rutgers was 0.169 and 0.431, respectively. Iowa, meanwhile, held Wisconsin to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.6 (below their season average of 26.7). Cassius Winston had a solid performance for Michigan State with 22 points and six assists. Meanwhile, Iowa rallied around Tyler Cook, who contributed 19 points and 15 rebounds.

The Spartans won the sole game between these two teams last season, 96-93. Michigan State was successful at getting and making free throws. The Spartans made 24 of their 29 free throws (82.8 percent), while the Hawkeyes were just 12-19 (63.2 percent).

The prolific offense of Michigan State will go head-to-head against the bottom-tier defense of Iowa. Dating back to last season, the Spartans rank seventh in offensive efficiency, while the Hawkeyes are 297th in defensive efficiency. The Spartans figure to have the edge on that end of the court.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Pick

Free Pick: SU Winner – Michigan State, ATS Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Michigan State averages 19.1 assists per game, which ranks second in the country. Iowa ranks 301st in assists allowed per game (15.8).
  • The Spartans rank first in blocks per game (6.7) while the Hawkeyes rank 69th (4.0).
  • Michigan State ranks 201st in three pointers attempted per game (21.2) while Iowa ranks 224th in three pointers allowed per game (23.1).
  • The Spartans rank 145th in steals allowed per game (6.1) while the Hawkeyes rank 247th (7.1).
  • Michigan State ranks fourth in rebounds per game (41.7) while Iowa ranks 82nd in rebounds allowed per game (33.4).