No. 16 Hawkeyes roll past No. 4 Spartans for the 2nd time this season

 

Photo cred: Matthew Mitchal
Photo cred: Matthew Mitchall

14 and 19. The two numbers that stand out from MSU’s defeat to Iowa.

Michigan State committed 14 first-half turnovers and shot 19% from 3-point land as they got steamrolled by the Hawkeyes 76-59. Iowa shot over 45% from beyond the arc including hitting 60% of their three pointers in the first half.

After having nearly 9 full days of rest, the Hawkeyes came out with fire under their shoes as they quickly built a 47-25 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. MSU played closer in the second half, but it still wasn’t enough as Iowa won by double digits with ease. It was Iowa’s first win at the Breslin center since 1993.

Peter Jok scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half and Jared Uthoff was his normal self and added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Clemmons also added 13 points including two 3-pointers in the win.

Denzel Valentine in his second game back after surgery had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. He looked noticeably better than his game versus Penn State on Sunday, but still hasn’t returned to the way he was playing before the surgery. Matt Costello had 15 points and 9 rebounds as well in the losing effort.

Bryn Forbes was virtually non-existent in the game. He got in foul trouble early, and shot 0-4 from three as he finished with 3 points on the night. In two games against Iowa this season, he has totaled six points.

Michigan State is now 3-2 (16-2 Overall) in Big Ten play and looks to get back on track as they face Wisconsin on the road this Sunday.

Meanwhile, Iowa moves to 4-0 (13-3 Overall) in the Big Ten and looks to stay undefeated in the Big Ten season as they host Michigan on Sunday.

 

Highlights

-Eron Harris had a Jordan-like dunk early in the first half. It was one of the student section’s few moments to cheer on the night.

-MSU outscored Iowa in the second half 34-29. MSU got within 13 points with around 7 minutes left to play in the game. That’s the closest they got in the second half though.

Lowlights

-14 first-half turnovers. Silly passes, and not being able to figure out the double-team were the reasons the Spartans committed so many turnovers. There were at least two instances where Valentine and Costello were not on the same page as Valentine threw the ball out of bounces twice.

-Iowa did not have very many contested shots on the night. MSU’s defense let Iowa have too many open looks. A top-tier Big 10 team will knock down open looks almost every night which is just what Iowa did.

-Kenny Goins shoe broke in the first half. He was actually one of MSU’s better defensive players in the game but had to come out because of his shoe problem.

 

Final Thoughts

Iowa is a top 3 team in the Big 10. In my mind, they are a very balanced team that should do very well in March. Their main concern is their lack of bench depth. Meanwhile, Michigan State’s only two losses have come to Iowa and against every other opponent have looked like a Top 4 team in the nation.

Michigan State has to find a way to bounce back as they face a tough match-up in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday. Bryn Forbes has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde type player this season and needs to be more consistent. Look for a bounce-back game from him on Sunday.

 

 

Trevor Deimel

Michigan State

Trevor Deimel
My name is Trevor Deimel and I'm a General Management major/Sports Management minor at Michigan State University. I expect to graduate in May 2018.

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