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ESPN Releases Its Prediction For Iowa-Michigan State Game

Connor McCaffery, Isaiah Moss and Luka Garza celebrate.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Isaiah Moss #4,Connor McCaffery #0 and Luka Garza #55 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies during the championship game of the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

The weekend isn't here just yet, but No. 6 Michigan State and No. 19 Iowa will battle tonight in arguably the best college basketball matchup of this entire week.

Michigan State currently owns a 17-2 record and is undefeated in conference play. Tom Izzo has done another marvelous job with this program, as the Spartans will most likely enter the NCAA tournament as one of the favorites to win the national championship.

Nonetheless, the Spartans have a tough challenge ahead of them in the Hawkeyes.

Iowa is coming off a convincing victory over Illinois, which improved its overall record to 16-3. The team's offensive production has skyrocketed in recent weeks, averaging 84.4 points per game in the past five contests.

The Hawkeyes are looking to even the score against the Spartans, following a 22-point loss in East Lansing during December.

Unfortunately for Fran McCaffery and his squad, ESPN's matchup predictor leans heavily in the Spartans' favor.

According to the FPI, Michigan State has a 67.8 percent chance of sweeping the regular-season series with Iowa. Per usual, both teams will need their top players to perform at the highest level to get the victory.

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Cassius Winston and Nick Ward have become the driving force behind Michigan State's offense, meanwhile Iowa relies heavily on Tyler Cook and Luka Garza to lead the charge.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

FS1 will broadcast all the action.