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Michigan St.-Iowa Preview 1-10-13

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Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans (Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans (Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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(AP) — Tom Izzo wasn’t satisfied with Michigan State’s performance in its last game despite a lopsided victory.

Iowa was on the wrong end of a one-sided score its last time out.

Izzo hopes for a better effort from his 22nd-ranked Spartans on Thursday night when they visit a Hawkeyes team that is trying to avoid its third loss to a ranked team in as many games.

After falling to No. 8 Minnesota in its Big Ten opener, Michigan State (12-3, 1-1) defeated Purdue 84-61 on Saturday, but Izzo said his team didn’t play as well as the score indicated.

“Even though I’m excited about the win, I think we beat a good team, but we’re still not playing like we need to play if we’re going to make any type of noise in this conference,” said Izzo, whose teams have claimed three of the last four regular-season league titles.

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