After all, the Hawkeyes have not emerged from East Lansing with a win since 1993, their first game back on the court after the untimely death of Chris Street.
But Saturday's 85-55 loss was more than what many Iowa observers expected heading into the game.
Again, most fans and pundits believe that Michigan State would continue its dominance of Iowa in the Breslin Center and that certainly happened. But there were stretches of the game where Iowa seemed very disorganized and altogether disinterested.
Adam Haluska scored 19 points while Greg Brunner scored 17 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Iowa shot just 33.9% from the floor while Michigan State topped 80 points and 50% from the floor; it was the most points scored against Iowa this season.
Up next for Iowa is a home game against Indiana on Tuesday night, a game that will be shown to a national audience.
Tipoff is 7:05pm.
Iowa Head Coach Steve Alford
On the game... "This was obviously a tough game for us. I think we blew some opportunities in the first half by not making foul shots and not finishing around the basket. (The travel) is a part of playing in the Big Ten. We came off a tough game and they had a week to prepare, but we had a week before Penn State. I give them credit, they just outplayed us."
On MSU's play... "They are very good at the beginning of both halves, that is their staple. We did a pretty good job of recovering in the first half, but we just never recovered in the second half. They deserve a lot of credit, and today they were very good and we were not good. They are hard to beat in here when they play that way. I think they showed today why they were a top ten team to start the season." Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo
Opening Statement..."If anyone has any question, that was our best game of the year against a very good team. A team who has won 14 games and, on film, is very good. There were many outstanding performances for us today. I don't think I have ever coached a team or ever been a part of a team that had 26 assists on 30 baskets. That made me feel awesome to be a part of that."
On Brown and Ager..."Shannon (Brown) was very unselfish today and Maurice (Ager) came to me at half time and said `I made some good shots in the first half and in the second half I'm going to go out there and put them down.' That to me is a great feeling knowing that the relationship between the coaches and the players is that confident." On Defense..."We had a few let downs today, but I'm starting to figure that out. Defense is something that we still need to work on because it will be a critical part of the game in our upcoming games."