Two of the premier Big 10 conference teams and head coaches will battle it out on the hardwood tonight, when the #16 Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3, 3-0) take on the #4 Michigan State Spartans (16-1, 3-1) in East Lansing, MI
Maverick B. previews tonight’s game by looking at several key areas, including some background history on the Iowa and Michigan State series, projected starting lineups for both teams, and some background information on both teams and coaches that could be a big factor in tonight’s contest.
Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN with tip-off at 7:00pm ET! Scroll on down to take a look at College Court Report’s official preview of tonight’s game only found on College Court Report!
Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery, now in his 20th year with the team brings an experienced team looking to win the regular season series versus Michigan State.
Leading the way for the Hawkeyes are a pair of dynamic front court players in Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury. Uthoff is Iowa’s leading scorer to this point in the season averaging 18.6 points per game while connecting on 45.5% of his three pointers as well. Woodbury,the 7’1”, 250 pound senior center, is also having a great season, averaging 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while making 82.1% of his free throw attempts.
The Iowa Hawkeyes also have a strong back-court with Anthony Clemmons, Peter Jok, and Mike Gesell rounding out their projected starting lineup for tonight’s game.
The Hawkeyes recently were projected as a #4 seed in Maverick’s field of 64, and a #6 seed in Bennett’s field of 64 found in College Court Report’s latest edition of CCR Bracketology.
As for their opponent, the Michigan State Spartans are off to a hot start on the season (16-1, 3-1). Their lone loss came at the hand of the Hawkeyes earlier in the year, but the Spartans were without star senior Denzel Valentine.
In the latest edition of CCR Bracketology, the Spartans were given a #2 seed in Maverick’s field of 64, and a #1 seed in Bennett’s field of 64.
Did you Know??
- Michigan State is currently undefeated at home on the year (8-0), and are holding opponents to 50.9 points per game and 30.9% shooting inside the Breslin Center
- Michigan State holds a 13-2 record in their last 15 games against Iowa.
- Spartans (5-0) in home games in the last 15 match-ups in this series; Michigan State- 79.6ppg Iowa- 64ppg
- Michigan State is (43-17) at home against Iowa but an impressive (18-2) at Breslin Center
- Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is 29-10 against Iowa
Projected Starting Lineups
Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3)
G Anthony Clemmons – 7.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg
G Peter Jok – 13.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 35.4% 3PT
G Mike Gesell – 9.9 ppg, 6.9 apg, 50.0% 3PT
F Jarrod Uthoff – 18.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 45.5% 3PT
C Adam Woodbury – 8.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 82.1% FT
Michigan State Spartans (16-1)
G Lourawls Nairn Jr. – 3.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 37.5% FG
G Denzel Valentine – 17.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 45.0% FG
G Bryn Forbes – 14.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 49.5% 3PT
F Gavin Schilling – 6.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 63.6% FG
F Matt Costello – 8.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 49.1% FG
Role Players to Keep an Eye On
F Dom Uhl- 7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 48.3% 3PT
F Nicholas Baer- 5.7 ppg, 3.5rpg, 54.1% FG
F Dale Jones- 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 45.0% 3PT
G Brady Ellingson- 4.3 ppg, 52.2% FG, 31.3% 3PT
Michigan State Spartans
G Eron Harris – 9.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg
F Deyonta Davis – 8.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg
F Javon Bess – 4.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F Marvin Clark Jr. – 4.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffrey
– All-Time Record (347-252)
– At Iowa: (108-78, 45-48 in Big 10 Conference)
– 2 NCAA Tournament appearances at Iowa
– 2 NIT appearances at Iowa
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo
-All-Time Record (511-200, 236-107 in Big 10)
– 18 NCAA Tournament appearances
– 1 National Championship
– 16 former players have been drafted in NBA
>8 of those players were 1st round picks
Score Prediction: Iowa 78 Michigan State 55