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Early ESPN Prediction For Iowa vs. No. 5 Michigan

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)

Iowa basketball has struggled a bit as of late, with back-to-back losses in the Big Ten.

Michigan State snapped a five-game winning streak for the Hawkeyes, blasting the team in Iowa City 82-67.

The team couldn't bounce back against Minnesota, falling 92-87 on Sunday.

Things aren't getting much easier for Fran McCaffery's club.

Iowa hosts No. 5 Michigan on Friday night. The Wolverines hit a bit of a recent skid, but look to be back on track, with blowout wins over Indiana and Ohio State in recent days.

The Wolverines won both games handily, holding their Big Ten opponents under 50 points each.

Michigan is a favorite on the road at Iowa basketball, but it isn't too overwhelming.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has Michigan at under 60-percent to win the game.

Michigan-Iowa ESPN BPI projection.


Iowa is 16-5, but 5-5 in Big Ten play. Michigan is 20-1, and 9-1 in conference.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow night.