No. 4/4 Michigan State Travels to Play at Iowa on Tuesday Night
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays its second-straight game away from home on Tuesday night, Feb. 6, visiting Iowa. Tipoff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is slated for 9 p.m. (ET).
On the Air
The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play and Dan Dakich serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affili-ates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play, Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst and Dalton Shetler as the studio host. The game can also be heard on Sirius/XM and Internet 81.
Last Time Out
Junior guard Matt McQuaid scored 12 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer with 1:09 to play as Michigan State held on for a 63-60 win over Indiana at Assembly Hall on Saturday night … Michigan State led by eight points (32-24) at the break … The Spartans pushed the lead to 10 points after a layup from sophomore forward Nick Ward to start the second half and it was back to 10 points, 51-41, midway through the second half following 3-pointers from Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. and Langford … MSU, however, hit only two field goals in the next 10 minutes as Indiana pulled to within one point, 58-57, on a free throw from Juwan Morgan … After a pair of possession changes and a Spartans timeout, Winston found McQuaid on the left wing and he buried a 3-pointer to make it 61-57 with 1:09 to play.
• Michigan State has won its last six games and seven of the last nine overall to improve to 22-3 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten Conference.
• Michigan State is off to one of the best starts in school history, with wins in 22 of its first 25 games this season ... Since Tom Izzo took over as head coach in 1995-96, the Spartans have won at least 19 games during their first 24 games seven different times ... The 21-3 record to start the 2017-18 season is the best start since 2000-01, when the team started 24-3.
• The 63-60 win over Indiana on Saturday was Tom Izzo’s 266th Big Ten win, moving him past Gene Keady of Purdue for second all-time.
• MSU ranks No. 1 in the country in field goal percentage defense (35.4 percent), No. 3 in scoring margin (+19.0), No. 1 in blocked shots per game (8.2), No. 2 in rebound margin (+10.6) and No. 18 in scoring defense (64.2 ppg).
• MSU also ranks No. 2 in field goal percentage (51.5 percent), No. 1 in assists (20.2 apg) and No. 26 in scoring offense (83.2 ppg).
• Sophomore Miles Bridges is the only player in the country averaging at least 17.0 points, 7.0 re-bounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.
• Sophomore Cassius Winston was named one of 10 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 ... A starter in all 25 games, Winston is fourth on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game and leads the team with 7.0 assists per game ... He leads the Big Ten and ranks No. 9 in the country in assists.
• Michigan State and Iowa meet for the 128th time on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
• MSU leads the all-time series with Iowa, 72-55.
• The Spartans have a 24-35 record in games played in Iowa City, but MSU has won the last three games played there.
• MSU has won 10 of the last 12 games, and 15 of the last 18 overall.
• Tom Izzo is 30-11 in his career against Iowa.
Last Meeting with Iowa
• Michigan State had all four of its freshmen – Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston – score in double figures in the same game for the first time on the way to a 77-66 win on Feb .11, 2017 at the Breslin Center.
• Miles Bridges scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and finished with 11 rebounds and four blocks to lead the way.
• Ward scored 12 of his 14 in the second half, Winston had all of his 12 points in the second half and Langford scored eight of his 11 points over the last 20 minutes of the game.
• Iowa enters the game on Tuesday night with a 12-13 overall record and a 3-9 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
• The Hawkeyes have lost two of their last three games and four of the last five overall, including an 82-58 decision at Penn State on Saturday.
• Sophomore forward Tyler Cook leads the team with 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds ... He ranks 12th in the Big Ten in both categories ... Cook is one of four players scoring in double figures for Iowa.
• Sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon is second with 13.6 points and leads the team with 5.3 as-sists (third in the Big Ten) ... Freshman Luka Garza is third with 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds and sophomore Isaiah Moss is fourth with 10.9 points.
• Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring offense and 14th in the league in scoring defense.