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Hawkeyes home winning streak threatened by Spartans

Iowa puts their 20-game home winning streak on the line Tuesday against Michigan State. Iowa puts their 20-game home winning streak on the line Tuesday against Michigan State.

With five teams ranked in the Top-25, there are no easy games in the Big Ten.

It's another important week for the Hawkeyes, who host Michigan State on Tuesday and then go to Illinois on Saturday.

Iowa sits alone in third place in the conference; the Spartans are second. These are the top-2 scoring teams in the league -- Iowa's first at 85 points per game.

The Hawkeyes are 11-0 at home this season and have won 20 straight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the fifth longest active streak in the country. But Michigan State won't be intimidated on the road, where they're a perfect 9-0 this season.

"This is a team that came into the season expecting to contend for the national championship," said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. "It's going to be a great atmosphere at Carver-Hawkeye, a wonderful opportunity for our team, for our program. We're looking forward to it."

"We just got to know that we have to play our game," said senior Zach McCabe. "We can't go back to the stuff we did against Michigan. We'll be prepared and ready."

"It's a big one, just like any game in the Big Ten though," said sophomore Mike Gesell. "Every game in the Big Ten, you can't take a night off. The coaches will have us ready. We just look to improve every day and then go out there and play our game and I think we'll be fine."

Coach McCaffery is 1-6 against the Spartans. Iowa and Michigan State play at six o'clock Tuesday on ESPN.

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