Coming into the game Davis had been experiencing an ankle injury and he knew he would have to bring his "A" game against Iowa's forward Greg Brunner. Davis chalked up 19 points and 12 rebounds and was unstoppable in the post for the Spartans.
"Paul did a good job playing through his injury today, he had 12 rebounds. That just goes to show how much he's grown," Tom Izzo said.
However the Spartans were led by fellow senior Maurice Ager who had 25 points. The third piece to the puzzle was Shannon Brown who chipped in 17 points as well. The trio is all averaging over 17 points per game something that no other team in the nation is doing.
"When the three of us are on we're really tough," Davis told the media after the game. "There are not a lot of teams that can keep up with us when we play like that."
Michigan State virtually dominated the entire game going into intermission the Spartans had a 9 point lead. It was in the third quarter where the game was blown wide open. Michigan State opened the second half with a 12-2 run and shot the ball 61 percent from the field. The Hawkeyes were never able to recover after that initial run.
"Without a question this was our best performance of the year against a good team," coach Izzo said.
The 30-point margin was the largest win of the season for the Spartans as they competed against their fifth straight ranked opponent. The Iowa Hawkeyes are known to be a very good defensive squad but it was the Spartans' defense that made all the difference.
Michigan State tallied 11 steals and got most of their points in the third quarter off of Iowa turnovers. Coach Izzo was very pleased with how well his team defended.
"We checked really well. We got a lot of break-away lay-ups off of steals and we just looked more active on the defensive end of the court, which is great," Izzo said.
Drew Neitzel was the floor general out there today; the sophomore point guard did an excellent job of pushing the ball up the court before Iowa had a chance to set up their defense. Neitzel had 11 points and 6 assists and also showed he is a threat both off of the dribble and shooting from the perimeter.
After the game coach Izzo commented on Neitzel's performance, "We knew we needed Drew to look for the shot, he had 11 points and I thought he played very well."
The Hawkeyes now fall to 3-2 in the Big Ten which is about as scrambled of a conference as there is right now. Greg Brunner had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Adam Haluska added 19 points to lead the Hawkeyes.
The Spartans will now head to Ann Arbor on Wednesday to take on the Michigan Wolverines for a big rivalry game. Coach Izzo and the Spartans will have to bring the same intensity they brought today in order to win at Michigan.
"I'm really looking forward to that game, it's a big rivalry. Everyone has been talking about it the last week and now we can finally get ready for it," Izzo said about the match-up with Michigan. "That could be our sixth straight game against a ranked opponent if they win tonight."
The 30-point win against Iowa was the largest victory against the Hawkeyes in the series history since 1937.