The Iowa Hawkeyes played well but a late rally fell short in a 70-63 loss at sixth ranked Michigan State. Iowa led early but the Spartans dominated the waning moments of the opening half and led by 12 at the break. They built that lead to 19 points in the second half before Iowa roared back.
Iowa coach Todd Lickliter says they made two or three mistakes and the Spartans capitalized on them. Lickliter says his team did a good job on the boards. He says a lot of it is positioning and buying into what they need to do.
Iowa visits Indiana on Sunday and the start time for that game has been moved back an hour to allow Hoosier fans to watch most of the AFC title game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets before going to the basketball game. Lickliter says he wanted to leave the game where it was.
Iowa is 1-5 in the Big Ten and 7-12 overall.