Fun Facts: Iowa-Michigan State

Spartans one loss from worst home record in 18 years

Published: March 6 2014 | 12:55 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:14 am in

Directions to East Lansing, Mich.: Go to Lansing, Mich. Turn east.

Now, on with the Fun Facts:

1. This is the first season in which Michigan State has lost four home games since 1996-97, Tom Izzo's second season as the Spartans' coach and the last time the Spartans haven't advanced to the NCAA tournament.

2. MSU hasn't lost five home games since 1995-96, Izzo's first season.

3. Five key Spartan players have lost at least three games to injury or illness this season. They are Brendan Dawson (9 games, hand), Adreian Payne (7, foot), Matt Costello (4, mononucleosis), Keith Appling (3, wrist) and Gary Harris (3, foot).

4. The last three Iowa-MSU games were decided by three points or less, all Michigan State wins.

5. Iowa's Aaron White is the only Division I player in the nation with significant playing time who averages over 55 percent in field goal shooting and over 80 percent in free throw shooting. White is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.589) and sixth in free throw percentage (.816).

6. Iowa and Michigan State are the only teams without a double-digit loss in Big Ten play, and the Hawkeyes are the only team in the conference without one all season. The worst margin-of-defeats for each Big Ten squad: Illinois 31, Indiana 18, Iowa 8, Michigan 18, Michigan State 14, Minnesota 21, Nebraska 31, Northwestern 27, Ohio State 10 (on three occasions), Penn State 20, Purdue 19, Wisconsin 13.

7. When the Spartans beat Kentucky in Chicago on Nov. 12, Kentucky was ranked No. 1 and MSU was No. 2. This week, Michigan State is 22nd in both major polls and Kentucky is No. 24/25.

8. Michigan State's current No. 22 ranking is its lowest since the fifth week of the 2011-12 season.

9. Iowa's Devyn Marble averages 19.9 points when his team loses, 15.9 when it wins.

10. Both teams are 4-5 in their last nine games.

11. Michigan State has played all but four of its games in the Eastern time zone.

12. The Spartans are 15-2 in night games, 7-5 in day games. Iowa is 11-8 in night games, 9-1 in day games.

13. Izzo is from Iron Mountain, Mich. That's the home of the Iron Mountain Iron Mine. The elevation of Iron Mountain is 1,138 feet. Some mountains are higher than others.


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