The Iowa Hawkeyes played without leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble in their first meeting with the Michigan State Spartans this season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Friday night.
Sports bettors will find that the Hawkeyes are 5.5-point road underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 128.5 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten tournament matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won their last three games, including a 73-59 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats as 10-point favorites on Friday night.
Sports bettors will find that the Hawkeyes are 3-1 straight up and against the spread on a neutral floor this season, with the OVER going 3-1 in those contests.
The Michigan State Spartans have dropped three of their last five games, but they did pick up a 71-61 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats as 18-point home favorites on Sunday.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Spartans are 4-2 against the spread in conference tournament games, with the UNDER going 5-1 in those affairs.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Iowa Hawkeyes as one of their sports betting picks on Friday night, as they've gone 18-6 against the spread in their last 24 games.
College Basketball Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes +5.5