Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan St. Spartans

The Indiana Hoosiers and the Michigan State Spartans battle it out on Tuesday in Big Ten college basketball action.  The Spartans are -2 point favorites over the Hoosiers with an over/under point total set at 139.

The Indiana Hoosiers are closing out their regular season schedule as Tom Crean’s team plays the first of two home games. IU is 9-7 in the Big Ten, 16-1 at home this season, tied for fifth place in the conference standings, and 4-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Cody Zeller is averaging 15.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, Christian Watford is averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo and Jordan Hulls are averaging 11.2 points each. As a team Indiana is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 49 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.4 points and their opponents are averaging 42.2 percent. The Hoosiers have won five out of their last six games and should be hitting the post season with plenty of momentum.

The Michigan State Spartans just need one win in their last two games to clinch the Big Ten title but Tom Izzo’s team is thinking bigger like a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State is 13-3 in the Big 10, 7-3 on the road this season, have a two game lead in the conference standings, and they are 6-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Draymond Green is averaging 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 11.7 points, and Branden Dawson is averaging 8.7 points. As a team Michigan State is averaging 72.5 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.8 points and their opponents shoot 37.2 percent. MSU has been pounding the glass, passing, and playing defense, all things that have worked to create winning teams for many years.

Indiana is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games, 3-7 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record. Michigan State is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 4-1 against the spread following a cover, and 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered in 15 of the last 18 meetings of these two.

The total here looks just a little too high and I am going to go with under.

Pick

Under 139

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