IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa erased an early deficit, rallied to take an eight-point lead midway through the second half but couldn’t hang on in a 96-93 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Michigan State (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) is ranked fourth in both national polls. Iowa (12-14, 3-10) has lost two straight games.
Iowa’s offense executed at a high level, especially in the second half. There was a stretch when the Hawkeyes scored on 18 of 21 possessions. But over the last three minutes, Iowa struggled to get good shots and scored just twice. The Hawkeyes were outscored 11-4 during that time frame.
What it means?
Iowa now has its first losing record in Big Ten play since 2012. It was a gallant effort by the Hawkeyes against a terrific basketball team. Even when Iowa got behind 10-2, the Hawkeyes didn’t panic. When Iowa needed stops, it got them. Although the total number of points was high, Iowa’s defensive stops were crucial for most of the game.
Iowa forward Tyler Cook was a mismatch nightmare, scoring almost at will against Michigan State inside with 26 points. Despite feeling sick and barely able to play, Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon scored 17 points, dished 6 assists and had no turnovers.
Iowa from the free-throw line. That was the difference in this game.The Hawkeyes were 12 of 19 while the Spartans were 24 of 29.
Iowa plays at No. 14 Ohio State at 5 p.m. CT Saturday.
Iowa-Michigan State game updates
10:03 p.m. (2H, :42.5) — Awfully big possession here. Smart TO by Iowa. Spartans lead 92-91 with 42.5 seconds left and 11 on the shot clock.
9:45 p.m. (2H, 6:50) — Maishe Dailey has become a star for Iowa tonight, drilling three 3-pointers to help Iowa with an 81-76 lead. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo delivered a cheap comment at Dailey’s expense during a halftime interview.
Iowa trails Michigan State 48-42. Izzo: "Give Dailey credit…he's not a great shooter…'
— Jon Miller (@hawkeyenation) February 7, 2018
9:41 p.m. (2H, 8:45) — Iowa keeps attacking Michigan State and has built a 78-71 lead. Iowa’s offense is off the charts this half. Best half I’ve seen by a McCaffery team against a real opponent. Scored on 18 of 21 possessions.
9:33 p.m. (2H, 11:17) — The Hawkeyes remain in the lead at 68-66. Iowa has put together a tenacious effort at both ends of the floor and it’s been obvious. Clearly its best effort of the season.
9:29 p.m. (2H, 12:17) — Iowa has scored on 13 of 15 possessions this half and reversed a six-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead on No. 4 Spartans. Tyler Cook has been a machine, scoring 9 points in the last 3 minutes. Jordan Bohannon’s 3-pointer puts Iowa up 68-64.
9:19 p.m. (2H, 15:49) — Iowa continues to battle No. 4 Michigan State, trailing just 58-55. At one point the Hawkeyes scored on six straight possessions and has attacked Michigan State’s defenders. MSU already has six fouls this half.
9 p.m. (Halftime) — Michigan State leads 48-42. After a rough first couple of minutes, Iowa settled down and competed with the No. 4 Spartans. Michigan State outscored Iowa 10-2 to start the game after scoring on its first five possessions. The Spartans have outscored the Hawkeyes 12-2 at the free-throw line, which makes up for more of the difference. Combo guard Miles Bridges has 15 for the Spartans, while Tyler Cook has 11 for Iowa.
8:40 p.m. (1H, 3:39) — Jordan Bohannon picked up a second foul, which sent him to the bench. Iowa has still fought the Spartans but trail 41-33 with the ball. Michigan State has consistently scored in the paint, which is a problem. The Spartans average 64 percent shooting.
8:30 p.m. (1H, 7:48) — Iowa has consistently battled the Spartans and tied up the game at 26-26 on a Jordan Bohannon 3-pointer. Miles Bridges then put the Spartans up 29-26. Bohannon has 8 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds for Iowa.
8:25 p.m. (1H, 10:11) — Iowa isn’t going away. The Hawkeyes have pulled within 24-21 after a traditional three-point play by Tyler Cook.
8:13 p.m. (1H, 14:26) — Michigan State scored on its first five possessions and leads 16-9 through the first media timeout. The Spartans are shooting 7 of 12 from the field. Jared Jackson has 6 points and 3 rebounds for Michigan State. Iowa point guard Jordan Bohannon has 5 points.
8 p.m. — An incredible rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” tonight by Joe Everson, who sang and painted during the song. Here is his creation.
— Gary Dolphin (@GaryDolphin) February 7, 2018
7:50 p.m. — Iowa starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Miss, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook, Luka Garza. Michigan State starters: Cassius Winston, Jaren Jackson, Miles Bridges, Nick Ward, Joshua Langford
Iowa-Michigan State basketball game time, details
- Time: 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
- Line: Michigan State -11
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan State?
ESPN airs the Iowa-Michigan State game. Dave Flemming calls the action and Dan Dakich provides analysis. Molly McGrath is the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Iowa-Michigan State online?
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Michigan State on radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 81. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Michigan State, Will Tieman (play-by-play) and Matt Steigenga (color analyst) call the action for the Spartan Radio Network with Dalton Shetler as the studio host. In Michigan, 760 AM (WJR-Detroit), 1240 AM (WJIM-Lansing) and 94.9 FM (WMMQ-Lansing) serve as the primary affiliates. Click here for other radio affiliates.
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Iowa-Michigan State preview
This matchup presents a steep challenge for the Hawkeyes. In league action, both teams rank second in points scored at 76.0 per game. But that’s where the similarities stop.
No. 4-ranked Michigan State gives up just 66.0 points per game to Big Ten opponents. Iowa allows 83.6, which not only is last, but is the second-worst in league play since 1995. The Hawkeyes have allowed at least 75 points to 11 of 12 Big Ten opponents and eight have scored 80 or more.
The challenges for Iowa begin in the front court. Michigan State presents perhaps the nation’s best forward tandem in sophomores Miles Bridges and Nick Ward. Bridges is a versatile threat, averaging 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Ward puts up 13.2 points a game and leads the Spartans with 7.7 rebounds. Then you add 6-foot-11 freshman Jaren Jackson, who scores 11.4 points a night, grabs 6.2 rebounds and blocks nearly 3.6 shots.
Iowa counters with its own young combo of sophomore Tyler Cook (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and freshman Luka Garza (11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
The game also features the Big Ten’s top three free-throw shooters in Bridges (90.1 percent), Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (90.0), and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon (89.4). Bohannon has made 30 consecutive free throws and is just 4 shy of tying Chris Street for the school rec