Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan State Spartans - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Michigan State Spartans at Indiana Hoosiers

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:30 PM (Assembly Hall)

MSU -3.0 . Total 143.0

TV: FS1

The 11th ranked Michigan State Spartans are on the road for a battle with the Indiana Hoosiers.  The Spartans are (14-4), coming off a 67-55 win over Wisconsin.  The Hoosiers are (14-4), after getting past Nebraska, 82-74.

In the Spartans win over Wisconsin, Michigan State was guided offensively by Xavier Tillman.  Tillman had a balanced game, hitting 6 of 14 from the floor, going 3 of 6 from the charity stripe, totaling 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Michigan State shot 47% from the floor and 38% from 3-point range.  The Spartans out rebounded Wisconsin, 41 to 32.  Michigan Sate held Wisconsin to 36% from the floor.  The Spartans saw their largest lead at 25 points.

In the Hoosiers win over Nebraska, Indiana was led throughout the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis.  Jackson-Davis converted on 6 of 7 from the floor, connecting on 6 of 8 from the foul line, recording 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists.  The Hoosiers shot 51% from the floor and 31% from 3-point distance.  Indiana held Nebraska to below 40% from the floor.  The Hoosiers committed 16 turnovers, which helped Nebraska stay in the game. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.

Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

The under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 games.

Hoosiers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.

Hoosiers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 January games.

The under is 6-1 in Hoosiers last 7 games.

The Spartans have won 8 of their last 9 games, while the Hoosiers have 3 of their last 4.  It has been extremely tough for road teams to win in the Big Ten, but I like Michigan State to win a rare Big Ten road game this season.  The Spartans have one of the better defense's in the country.  Michigan State is the 13th best in defending the 3, while Indiana ranks 314th in 3-point offense.  The Hoosiers are better in overall field goal percentage, ranking 89th, but the Spartans rank 12th in the defensive category.  Indiana doesn't have stellar defense, while Michigan State is averaging almost 80 per game.  The Spartans have the best player in the matchup, Cassius Winston.  I'll side with Winston and company to get the job done on the road.  Final score prediction, Michigan State will win and cover, 71-65.   

Chris’s Pick MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS -3.0 .

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.