|Last 5 Games||2-3||-4.4||1-4||5-0||82.8||42.2||46.0%||35.0||82.6||42.0||49.3%||34.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||83.6||41.5||28-60||47.0%||6-16||35.8%||21-29||72.8%||42||12||16||18||7||12||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||67.7||31.5||24-55||42.6%||6-18||33.5%||15-21||70.3%||34||9||12||19||6||12||4|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||80.8||39.9||28-62||45.3%||6-17||33.0%||19-26||73.4%||41||12||16||21||7||12||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||69.8||31.9||24-60||40.5%||7-22||30.5%||14-21||69.4%||33||9||13||22||6||13||3|
|vs opponents averaging||70.8||33.3||24-55||44.3%||7-19||34.8%||15-22||71.5%||35||9||13||18||6||12||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||74.8||35.4||25-57||43.4%||8-22||34.4%||17-25||70.6%||33||8||14||21||6||13||4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-9.6||2-3||3-2||69.2||35.4||48.0%||33.8||68.2||32.4||45.6%||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||76.2||36.2||27-58||47.0%||8-21||38.6%||13-19||68.8%||38||10||17||19||7||11||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||68.7||31.9||24-56||42.6%||6-18||33.3%||15-21||69.8%||34||9||12||20||6||12||4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||76.9||36.7||27-58||47.0%||8-20||39.9%||14-20||69.6%||39||10||19||17||7||11||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||65.3||30.4||22-55||39.7%||7-20||33.1%||15-21||71.1%||33||8||11||18||6||13||3|
|vs opponents averaging||71.7||33.7||24-56||43.9%||7-19||34.5%||16-23||71.6%||36||10||13||19||6||12||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||63.7||29.3||21-56||38.4%||7-22||32.3%||14-19||73.0%||33||8||11||18||6||13||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: IOWA 76.4, MICHIGAN ST 76.8|
|2/15/2014||@ PENN ST||82-70||W||-6||W||148||O||22-55||40.0%||40||6||26-65||40.0%||36||9|
|3/6/2014||@ MICHIGAN ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|3/9/2014||@ OHIO ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|IOWA: The Hawkeyes were improved last season, going all the way to the NIT Finals before falling to Baylor. Junior PF Aaron White (12.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG) is a skilled offensive player that showed last season he is capable of taking over games. At 6-foot-9, 200 pounds, he is very strong with a nice touch from 15-feet in. One negative on him is that he has a tendency to fall in love with the three-point shot, (23% on 67 attempts) rather than demanding the ball on the block. Iowa will have one of the best inside-outside duos in the conference, with senior PG Roy Devyn Marble (15.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.0 APG). He is not a great perimeter shooter (33% 3-pt FG), but at 6-foot-6, he is very difficult for opposing guards to match up with. With these two scorers along with talented role players like SG Mike Gesell (8.7 PPG, 2.6 APG) and SF Melsahn Basabe (6.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG in 18.5 MPG), the Hawkeyes have the ability to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.|
|MICHIGAN ST: Last season, the Spartans made a run to the Sweet 16, and expectations are even higher in 2013-14. The team brings back one of the most potent backcourts in the country in senior PG Keith Appling (13.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.3 APG) and sophomore SG Gary Harris (12.9 PPG, 41% 3-pt FG). Harris gave serious consideration to the NBA, but decided to come back for his sophomore campaign. Appling and Harris complement each other perfectly. Appling does a terrific job of getting in the paint and driving, while Harris is a knockdown shooter. Senior PF Adreian Payne (10.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.3 BPG) is one of the most dominant big men in all of the country, and has continued to develop an outside jumper. He is also a dominating presence on defense. Junior F/G Branden Dawson (8.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.6 SPG) is the key to the Spartans making a championship run. He is an explosive athlete, but has too many games where he disappears. If he is able to play up to his potential, Michigan State will be a nightmare. With Tom Izzo leading the Spartans, Michigan State is one of the top contenders in the country, and in two weeks, the they'll face Kentucky in Chicago in a game that will show how good Michigan State is as a potential No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (IOWA-MICHIGAN ST) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Iowa-Michigan St. Preview* ===========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Iowa (20-9) at Michigan State (22-7), 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Big Ten regular-season title is now out of reach for Michigan State, but with three losses in four games, coach Tom Izzo is worried about fundamental issues such as effort rather than championships or conference tournament seeding.
The 22nd-ranked Spartans will try to end their first losing streak of the season and avoid their first three-game skid at the Breslin Center since 1996-97 on Thursday night when they go for their 18th straight home win over No. 24 Iowa.
After Saturday's 53-46 home loss to Illinois, Izzo said Michigan State (22-7, 11-5), slowed by injuries throughout the season, lacked energy en route to posting its season-low offensive output.
"This team has been through a lot, but I didn't see this coming," said Izzo, who started his 15th different lineup. "There's no excuse for that. We practiced harder than they played. Like I said, I'll throw myself under the bus - that's inexcusable, ridiculous. There are just too many things these guys have had to go through, so maybe a slap in the face is good for us."
The Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7), meanwhile, ended a three-game skid Sunday with an 83-76 home victory over Purdue. That game came after road losses to Minnesota and Purdue, and now Iowa visits a venue where they've dropped 17 in a row since an overtime win Jan. 28, 1993.
While it's been 17 years since Michigan State has lost three straight at home, Izzo's club is also trying to avoid losing three in a row overall and is 4-6 over the past six weeks.
Izzo said Keith Appling's wrist injury continues to restrict the senior guard, though the Spartans continued to get healthier against the Fighting Illini with Branden Dawson's return from a broken hand. The 6-foot-6 junior played for the first time since Jan. 21 while forward Adreian Payne, the team's second-leading scorer, has been back for nearly a month after being out with a right foot sprain.
"When you get those guys back initially, there's a little bit of an adjustment period and I think you've seen that with them," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "But ultimately they are better. You're talking about, you know, a couple of the premiere players in our league."
Payne has averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in seven games back, but he matched a season low with four points against Illinois and said it's now time to hit the reset button.
"We've got to start over," Payne said. "We've got to focus on what we can control and use the past to motivate us."
One constant for the Spartans has been sophomore Gary Harris, who leads the team with 17.9 points per game. He had 19 against Illinois and has averaged 20.8 in the last four games.
He'll try to help them beat the Hawkeyes for the eighth straight time overall.
"They are just good," McCaffery said. "I don't think there's anything specific that you're going to say that they have done or we haven't done. You've just got to give them credit."
Iowa let a four-point halftime lead slip away Jan. 28 in a 71-69 overtime loss to Michigan State, which was missing Payne and Dawson. It was the third straight meeting determined by one possession.
Roy Devyn Marble (17.1 points per game) led all scorers with 21 points while Appling had 16.
Marble also had 21 in the win over the Boilermakers, his fourth straight games with 20 points or more.
"He's carrying this team. His consistency is amazing at both ends of the floor. He doesn't rattle," McCaffery said. "I think what you're seeing is a guy that is playing with a great level of confidence due to the fact that he's taking full advantage of his experience."
Michigan State is 3-2 against ranked opponents this season while Iowa is 2-5.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 8:15:43 AM EST|