Since it's been barely over two weeks and I don't feel like writing it again, here's the scouting report for Iowa that I wrote last time with some updates on the stats.
Since the MSU game Iowa has beaten Purdue and Nebraska in which Jarrod Uthoff has averaged 25 points and 4.5 blocks. Mike Gesell has also had 17 assists with just 4 turnovers. While Anthony Clemmons didn't have a big offensive game against MSU, he did a great job holding Forbes to just 3 points.
MSU on Offense
MSU on Defense
Things to watch for
- Whether MSU goes with a big or small lineup. Last time against Iowa my numbers indicated that a small lineup with Bess or Clark at the 4 was much worse against Iowa than a bigger lineup was. My guess is they start Schilling at the 4 again try to use his advantage in the post to get Uthoff in foul trouble.
- Can Forbes make an appearance? Last game against Iowa Forbes had just 3 points. His offense is reliant on coming off screens to get open and it'll be interesting to see if the extra attention given to Valentine will allow him to get more involved on the offensive end.
- Who finished the game? While Nairn, Forbes, and Valentine will start, there's a good chance they'll switch out Harris and Nairn for offense-defense at the end of games. Harris hasn't been consistent enough on defense just yet and Nairn's jumper still doesn't scare defenses.
MSU as a team has grown since the Iowa game with Harris and Costello getting more comfortable in offensive creators roles since Valentine has been out. With Valentine back it gives MSU another wing option that isn't liability on either end and he was arguably the best player in the country before the injury happened. MSU should be able to pull this one out on its homecourt and will likely have to if they want to win the B1G regular season title.
MSU 79 - Iowa 75