Michigan State-Iowa Postgame Notes

March 15, 2013

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  • Attendance for session four of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament was a sellout at 21,229 (United Center capacity-19,087).
  • Session 1 - 19,470; Session 2 - 19,667; Session 3 - 21,793; Session 4 - 21,229
  • This is just the second time in tournament history that the top four seeds have advanced to the semifinals (2012).

Michigan State

  • This marked Michigan State's biggest comeback of the season (trailed 33-20 with 19:36 to play). The Spartans trailed by 10 at the half vs. Illinois on Jan. 31 and won 80-75.
  • Down 47-35 with 10:24 to play, Michigan State rattled off a 15-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 50-49 with 4:10 remaining. Freshman guard Gary Harris had seven points during that span, including the go-ahead three-point basket.
  • That run continued to a 20-2 advantage as the Spartans held Iowa scoreless for nearly four minutes down the stretch (5:42-1:49).
  • Michigan State is 71-28 in the month of March since the 1998-99 season. Head coach Tom Izzo is 78-35 in March.
  • Junior forward Adreian Payne led all scorers with 18 points. He also had 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year. Payne led the Spartans in scoring for just the third time this year and was the top rebounder for the 15th time this season.
  • Harris finished with 13 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
  • Junior guard Keith Appling tallied 13 points, passing Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1,059) and Johnny Green (1,062) for 39th on the Spartans' all-time scoring list. He now has 1,069 career points
  • Michigan State is now 8-4 this season in games decided by five points or less, 4-3 vs. Big Ten teams.
  • Michigan State's 20 first-half points is its second-lowest first-half scoring output of the year (18-vs. Minnesota).
  • The Spartans improved to 19-12 in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Michigan State has won 25 of the last 33 meetings with Iowa. Both games this year were decided by three points (62-59 on Jan. 10 in Iowa City).



  • Iowa lost for the first time in the last 31 games when holding an opponent to 61 or fewer points. The Hawkeyes are 27-1 under head coach Fran McCaffrey (13-1 this season) when holding their opponent to fewer than 60 points.
  • Leading 47-35 with 10:34 to play, Iowa was held to one made field goal over the next 9:01 allowing the Spartans to seize control of the game.
  • Iowa owned a 24-2 advantage in bench points over the Spartans.
  • Iowa shot 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from the field compared to 38.6 percent (22-of-57) for Michigan State. It is only the second loss this season for the Hawkeyes when the team shoots a better percentage than its opponent (17-2).
  • Iowa shot 91.7 percent from the foul line (11-of-12) a school record in Big Ten Tournament play.
  • The Hawkeyes are 15-14 all-time in Big Ten tournament play, 8-7 at the United Center. Iowa is 2-4 against Michigan State and 6-0 as the No. 6 seed, having won the tournament title in 2001.
  • Iowa opened the game with a 9-2 run over 4:34 of play.