College Basketball: No. 7 Michigan State Spartans Take on Iowa Hawkeyes

Seth NewmanCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2012

The No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (14-2, 3,0), haven’t lost in nearly two months. During the 14-game winning streak, the Spartans have beaten the likes of Florida State, No. 15 Indiana, No. 22 Gonzaga, and No. 19 Wisconsin. Despite being No. 7 in the country, the Spartans have the luxury of playing under the radar after coming into the season unranked. MSU will look to continue its longest winning streak in 13 years when the Spartans host the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2) Tuesday night.

Both the Hawkeyes and Spartans average nearly 75 points a game, but it’s the defense that separates the two schools. Iowa is holding opponents to 70 points, while MSU is holding opponents to only 59 points a game. Michigan State’s sophomore Keith Appling is a big reason why opponents are being held in check. The Detroit native is one of the top defenders in the Big Ten conference, if not the best.

Draymond Green will look to continue his dominant senior season. Green is averaging 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. The Saginaw native leads the team in every one of the categories.

The Hawkeyes hope to get senior Matt Gatens going early if they wish to keep up with the Spartans. Gatens is averaging 13.2 points per game. After scoring 14 points in three straight games, Iowa will look to fix sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe’s game after scoring a combined two points in the last two games.

Spartan fans may be expecting a let down after an emotional game against Wisconsin. If this was last year’s squad it wouldn’t surprise me, but this Spartan team is different. Look for MSU to push its winning streak to 15 games.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m.