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ESPN's Early Prediction For Iowa vs. Minnesota

Tyler Cook of the Iowa Hawkeyes

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 03: Tyler Cook #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during pregame introductions before the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on December 3, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes took one on the chin this week.

Fran McCaffery's team hosted a Michigan State squad that is undefeated in the Big Ten, and could not hand the Spartans a first conference loss.

After trailing 35-31 at the half, Michigan State dominated the second 51-32 en route to a comfortable 82-67 win on the road.

Iowa will get its chance to bounce back on Sunday.

The Hawkeyes hit the road to Minnesota, which is in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, at 14-5 overall and 4-4 in league play.

The Golden Gophers were recently edged out by Michigan, 59-57.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has Iowa basketball as a slight road favorite at Minnesota.

From ESPN:

Iowa vs. Minnesota basketball power index prediction.

ESPN

The good news for Iowa is that star Tyler Cook looks to be getting back to form after missing a few games due to injury.

He scored 17 points and added six rebounds in 35 minutes against MSU, after being held to just seven points in a win over Illinois.

[ESPN]