Michigan State vs. Indiana - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Hoosiers (11-3) at Michigan State Spartans (9-5)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan State Spartans play Monday night at the Breslin Center.
The Indiana Hoosiers have won four of their last five games and are playing their second true road game. On the season, Indiana is averaging 85.2 points on 49.6 percent shooting and is allowing 71.6 points on 43 percent shooting. James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 17.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while Yogi Ferrell is averaging 16.3 points and five assists. Troy Williams is the third player averaging double-digit points and Hanner Mosquera-Perea is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Indiana Hoosiers continue to get the job done with their elite offense that is shooting 71.3 percent from the free throw line and 40.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Indiana is forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and has allowed 66 or less points in four of its last seven games.
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The Michigan State Spartans have split their last eight games and would love to get their first conference victory. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 74.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Branden Dawson is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Bryn Forbes is shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Despite the struggles, the Michigan State Spartans remain a solid offensive team with four players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 63.7 percent from the line and 40.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan State is forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and allowing 68 or less points in five of their last six games.
The Hoosiers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hoosiers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Michigan State and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
We've made some solid money on the Indiana Hoosiers already this season and that won't change here. This is too big of a number to pass up on an elite offensive squad such as the Hoosiers. MSU isn't the same team its been in the past and could very well lose outright. Stop sleeping on Indiana.