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MSU men’s basketball takes on the Hawkeyes Tuesday night

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Michigan State’s men’s basketball returns home for a pair of games at the Breslin Center this week, starting with the lone matchup of the season with Iowa on Tuesday, Feb. 20 (7 p.m., Peacock). MSU has won its last three games, five of the last six and 13 of their last 17 games.

About the Spartans

  • Michigan State enters Tuesday’s game against Iowa with a 17-9 overall record (9-6 B1G) following a 73-63 win at Michigan.
  • The Spartans completed a season sweep of Michigan with a 73-63 win on Saturday night in Ann Arbor.
  • MSU is No. 20 in the NET rankings, No. 15 in KenPom and No. 16 in the ESPN BPI.
  • The Spartans are No. 15 in the BartTorvik.com tempo free stats, No. 29 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 18 in defensive efficiency.
  • MSU ranks No. 23 in the country in FG% defense (40.3%) and No. 35 in scoring defense (65.8 ppg), No. 46 in FG% (47.4%), No. 23 in assists per game (16.8) and No. 11 in assist/turnover ratio (1.70).
  • The Spartans have four players scoring in double figures, and 10 with at least 3.0 points, while nine players average at least 10 minutes per game.
  • Through 26 games, graduate guard Tyson Walker leads the team in scoring with 18.4 points per game, connecting on 45.9 percent of his shots … In Big Ten games, Walker is averaging 17.3 ppg and 2.9 assists, while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor.
  • Graduate forward Malik Hall, who has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games and 12 of the last 14 overall, is second on the team with 12.7 points, while adding 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists … In league games, Hall is averaging 14.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.0 apg.
  • In the last 10 games, forward Malik Hall is averaging 16.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg and shooting 60.8% from the field, including 53.3% 3FG.
  • Senior guard A.J. Hoggard is tied for third on the team with 11.2 points, while adding 3.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists, which ranks fifth in the B1G.
  • Junior guard Jaden Akins, who scored a career-high 23 points against Michigan and has been in double figures in 12 of the last 16 games, is tied for on the team with 11.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Tre Holloman is averaging 5.4 points and is third on the team with 2.7 assists.
  • Senior forward Mady Sissoko adds 3.8 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds.
  • Freshman forward Coen Carr contributes 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds and sophomore center Carson Cooper adds 3.8 points and 4.7 rebounds, while freshman forward Xavier Booker is averaging 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds.

About Iowa

  • Iowa enters the game on Tuesday night with a 15-11 overall record and a 7-8 mark in the Big Ten following an 88-86 overtime win at home against Wisconsin.
  • Since losing their first three in league play, the Hawkeyes have won seven of their last 12 games.
  • Iowa is 2-5 in Big Ten road games, with wins at Minnesota (86-77) on Jan. 15 and at Michigan on Jan. 27 (88-78).
  • Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (83.7 ppg) and 13th in the league in scoring defense (65.8 ppg) … In conference games only, the Hawkeyes are third in the league in scoring offense (78.7 ppg) and 14th in scoring defense (80.7 ppg).

Series History

  • Michigan State and Iowa meet for the only time this season and for the 137th time in program history … MSU leads the all-time series with Iowa, 77-59.
  • The Spartans are 47-19 at home all-time against the Hawkeyes, including a 22-4 record at the Breslin Center.
  • The teams split a pair of games last year, with MSU winning at home 63-61 and Iowa securing the second meeting 112-106 in double overtime.
  • Iowa has won four of the last five games in the series.
  • The Spartans have won four of the last five at home.
  • Tom Izzo is 35-15 in his career against Iowa.

The game will air live on Peacock, with Noah Eagle and Robbie Hummel calling all of the action.

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