Indiana Hoosiers vs. Jacksonville Dolphins
The Indiana Hoosiers and the Jacksonville Dolphins face off on Friday Night in Bloomington in college basketball action. The Hoosiers are -37.5 point favorites over the Dolphins.
The Indiana Hoosiers are ranked sixth in the nation as they play their final game before starting Big Ten conference play and while they are battle tested and talented IU knows it is going to be a tough road in the conference this year. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers have already played the 82nd ranked schedule in the nation but it will rank much tougher before the season is done. As a team Indiana is averaging 89.1 points, 17.3 assists, and they are shooting 52.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59.3 points, 8.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 36.1 percent. Cody Zeller is averaging 16.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, Victor Oladipo is averaging 13.5 points, Christian Watford is averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Will Sheehy is averaging 12.2 points. The Hoosiers are loaded and should be a string contender for the Final Four this season.
The Jacksonville Dolphins knocked off Furman in their last game to end a two game losing streak. JU is just 5-7 on the year and playing the 331st ranked schedule thus far they haven’t seen anything like the Indiana team they will face in this one. As a team Jacksonville is averaging 67.6 points per game, 12 assists, and their opponents are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 71,3 points, 14.8 assists, and their opponents are shooting 45.4 percent. Jarvis Haywood is averaging 11.2 points, Keith McDougald is averaging 10 points, and Glenn Powell is averaging 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Jacksonville State is just 1-5 away from home this season and their prospects don’t look so great here.
Indiana is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games against a team with a losing record, and 8-3 against the spread following a win of more than 20 points. Jacksonville is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight non-conference games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.
It’s tough to lay nearly 40 points but if there were ever a situation to do it this might be it.
Indiana Hoosiers -37.5 Jacksonville Dolphins