~ DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No. 15 Iowa has been waiting a long time for a game as big as Tuesday's home showdown with seventh-ranked Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2) are third in Big Ten behind Michigan State and Michigan, and a win would go a long way toward keeping their Big Ten title hopes alive.
Iowa can also tie the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record with its 21st straight home win and avenge a loss to Michigan State in last year's Big Ten tournament.
The Spartans (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) saw their unbeaten league run snapped with a 77-70 loss to the Wolverines on Saturday. But Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says any Big Ten hoping to win the league title has to go through Michigan State.