Ninth ranked Michigan State roared out to a big early lead and cruised past the Iowa Hawkeyes 71-56 in Big Ten action in Iowa City. The Spartans dominated the boards and their transition offense overwhelmed the Hawkeyes.

Iowa coach Todd Lickliter says the Spartans shot the ball extremely well. The Hawks trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half but did manage to rally to within nine to make it respectable. Lickliter says someone once told him "you’re not a winner until you win, and you’re not a loser until you quit" and he says they didn’t quit, but have a lot of work to do to become winners.

Iowa falls to 2-6 in the Big Ten and 12-9 overall.