Feb. 17, 2007
With its 81-49 victory over Iowa, Michigan State improved its record to 16-1 at home in 2006-07. It also marked the Spartans' 12th-straight victory over Iowa in the Breslin Center. Overall, Michigan State has won 14 of the last 20 games in the series.
Michigan State has held eight of its 27 opponents under 50 points this season. The Spartans limited Iowa to 49 points - 20 points below its season scoring average (69.5 ppg.). In addition, Michigan State has held 19 of its opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field, as the Hawkeyes managed to hit just 15-of-44 field-goal attempts (.341).
Michigan State has held each of its last two opponents - Michigan (44) and Iowa (49) - to 49 points or less. It marks the first time since January 2000 (45 and 29 points in back-to-back games by Northwestern) that the Spartans have accomplished that defensive feat - a span of 243 games.
Michigan State had a +13 rebound margin against Iowa, 36-23. The Spartans have out-rebounded 20 of their 27 opponents this season. It also marked the fifth time this season that MSU has collected more offensive rebounds (15) than its opponent grabbed off the defensive boards (10).
With seven blocks against Iowa, Michigan State set a single-season record for blocked shots with 136. The previous block record was 133, set in 2000-01.
Drew Neitzel led the team in scoring for the 19th time this season, with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Neitzel also matched his career high with two blocks (vs. Boston College earlier this season). In his last two games (vs. Michigan and Iowa), he has played 62 minutes without committing a turnover while also recording eight assists.
Raymar Morgan posted his 14th double-figure scoring game of the season, netting 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Morgan also collected a season-best four steals. In his last two games (vs. Michigan and Iowa), he has scored 34 points on 15-of-24 shooting (.625) from the floor.
Travis Walton posted double digit assists for the second time in his career, finishing with 10 - just one shy of his career high set earlier this season against Minnesota. Walton also contributed nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor, including 1-of-2 on 3-pointers.
Maurice Joseph came off the bench to record his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season, with 12 points. Joseph scored all 12 of his points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Goran Suton came off the bench and nearly posted a double-double, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Suton connected on 5-of-8 field-goal attempts.