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How and what to watch for Michigan State vs. No. 7 Iowa

Michigan State and Iowa both come in with losing streaks, and the Spartans are desperate for a win to impress the selection committee.

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Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza knocks a rebound away from Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn during the Big Ten Conference college basketball game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini on January 29, 2021, at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan State Spartans are really struggling as a team, and things will not get any easier when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road Tuesday night.

Michigan State (8-6, 2-6 Big Ten) had 20 days between games and returned to the court last week, losing by 30 points to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and suffering a 79-62 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. The Spartans are on a three-game losing streak and are desperate for a big win that will boost their resume in their quest to potentially be an NCAA Tournament team. Junior forward Gabe Brown is out indefinitely after testing positive for COVID-19.

Iowa (12-4, 6-3) finds itself on a bit of a losing streak as well with consecutive losses to the Indiana Hoosiers and Illinois Fighting Illini, which occurred on Friday night. The Hawkeyes are led by their offense with the No. 2 ranked team in terms of adjusted offensive efficiency. Iowa’s C.J. Fredrick sat out Friday’s game with a lower leg injury, and it remains to be seen whether he will return to the lineup on Tuesday night.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Michigan State vs. Iowa on Tuesday, February 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can watch via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Point spread: Iowa -9.5
Point total: 154.5
Money line: Michigan State +375, Iowa -500

Betting Splits (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Michigan State: 9% of handle, 13% of bets
Iowa: 91% of handle, 87% of bets

  • The over hit in Iowa’s first seven games, but the under is 6-3 in the Hawkeyes’ last nine games.
  • Michigan State is 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 games, and the under hit in each of their last four.

The Best Bet

It’s possible this Michigan State team is going to miss the NCAA Tournament. But they’re not awful defensively, and can get in the way enough to slow Luka Garza and company enough to not get run out of the gym here.

Pick: Under 156

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