NCAA Basketball Picks: Michigan State vs. Iowa

Joe Freda

Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:21 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 2:21 PM UTC

Will the Michigan Wolverines collect again or will the Iowa Hawkeyes get the money as a home dog? Lets look at the NCAA Basketball odds and decide which team is worth backing with our sports picks tonight.

The No. 22 Michigan State Spartans ended a 0-4 ATS slide at college hoops betting windows with Saturday’s 84-61 triumph over the Purdue Boilermakers, cashing as 11 ½-point home ‘chalk.’ Tom Izzo’s troops resume action with Thursday’s matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who have a 6-1 spread record in their last seven contests.


Spartans, Harris pull away at home

Michigan State held Purdue to 39.3 percent shooting in Saturday’s victory, while outrebounding the Boilermakers, 41-33. The Spartans drilled 8-of-15 buckets from three-point land, including freshman Gary Harris connecting at a 6-for-8 clip. 

Harris finished with a season-high 22 points, while mate Keith Appling logged eight of his side’s 22 assists. Michigan State’s Branden Dawson notched his second double-double for the season, recording 14 points and a team-high 11 boards. 

The battle’s combined 145 points soared above the ‘total’ of 126, moving the OVER to 2-0 in the Spartans’ pair of Big Ten Conference affairs. Michigan State sank 18-of-22 free throws, while Spartans mates Derrick Nix and Travis Trice logged two steals each. 

Hawkeyes crushed in Ann Arbor 

Iowa picked up a second straight loss in Sunday’s 95-67 spanking as a 13 ½-point road dog against the Michigan Wolverines. The Hawkeyes allowed Michigan to hit 58.1 percent of its floor shots, while outscored in the second half, 49-32.

Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble and Anthony Clemmons both reached double figures, uniting for 26 points. Clemmons added a team-high seven assists, while mates Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury united for 12 boards. 

The lopsided affair’s combined 162 points jumped above the ‘total’ of 144, ending a 3-0 streak for the UNDER in the Hawkeyes’ prior trio of games. Gesell added two of his squad’s three steals, while Iowa was outrebounded, 37-26. 

Back the Hawkeyes at home 

The NCAA Basketball lines opened with Michigan State as a 1 ½-point road favorite, with early betting on the Spratans lifting the number to 2 ½. The ‘total’ was first set at 135, remaining unchanged after initially mixed wagers.

I am adding Iowa as a home dog to my NCAA Basketball picks for Thursday’s card, looking for the Hawkeyes to bring down the Spartans’ octane in this spot. The Hawkeyes have held visitors to 56.6 PPG and 34.5 percent field shooting at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, while going 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home dates against foes with losing road records. 

Michigan State has a 1-6 spread record in its last seven road games, while held to 62 PPG in its last three matchups away from home. The Spartans gave up a season-high 76 points at Minnesota on Dec. 31, allowing the Golden Gophers to drill a stellar 56.6 percent from the floor. 

Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble ranks sixth in the Big Ten for scoring (15.5 PPG), while connecting at a 5-for-10 clip from the floor in March’s latest duel with Michigan State. Look for Marble and Co. to avenge that 92-75 defeat from the Big Ten Conference Tournament, finding just enough rims at home in this spot. 

NBA Pick:  Iowa Hawkeyes +2 ½ (
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