IOWA CITY — Iowa is without its best player, Roy Devyn Marble (ankle sprain) but still feeding off the energy of a fairly raucous (though not full) Carver Hawkeye Arena and outplaying Michigan State.
The Spartans are lucky this is 28-24. They’ve done enough — especially Branden Dawson (7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block) and Adreian Payne (4 points, four rebounds) — to be in this game.
They’ve also had a few subpar performances (Travis Trice, Russell Byrd, Denzel Valentine) and, early on, let Iowa get way too comfortable offensively.
This is a defining second half here. MSU needs this one.
As for the Valentine vs. Anthony Clemmons comparison, statistically the former Sexton backcourt mates are about even. Valentine has four points, three rebounds, though three turnovers. For Iowa, Clemmons is scoreless, but has five assists, two turnovers, a block and a steal.
More after the game.