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Michigan State vs. Indiana - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana at Michigan State
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
East Lansing, MI
The Line
Michigan State Spartans -14.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV Channel
ESPN2, ESPN
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NCAA BB | Indiana at Michigan State
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The Indiana Hoosiers and the Michigan State Spartans meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from Jack Breslin Student Events Center on Saturday evening.

The Indiana Hoosiers come into this one looking for a huge road win to snap an ugly 7-game losing streak after a 66-58 loss to Rutgers in their last outing. Romeo Langford led the Hoosiers with 20 points on 7 of 20 shooting with 3 threes, 6 rebounds and 3 steals while Juwan Morgan added 15 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Aljami Durham added 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Indiana in the loss, while Justin Smith added 7 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals as well in the defeat. Langford leads the Hoosiers in scoring with 17.3 points per game while Morgan leads Indiana in rebounding with 8 boards per game and Rob Phinisee leads Indiana in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana is averaging 72 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field, 31.9% from behind the 3-point line and 65.3% from the foul line this season.

The Michigan State Spartans will be looking to rebound from a 73-63 loss to Purdue in their last outing. Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and team-highs of 7 rebounds and 8 assists while Matt McQuaid added 12 points with 6 rebounds as the only other Michigan State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Kenny Goins added 6 points with 7 rebounds while Aaron Henry added a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Winston leads Michigan State with an average of 18.5 points and 7.3 assists per game while Goins leads Sparty in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Michigan State is averaging 82.8 points per game on 49.6% shooting from the field, 38.3% from 3-point range and 73.5% from the foul line this season. The Spartans are also solid defensively, allowing just 66.4 points per game while giving up the 3rd-lowest field goal percentage against in the country, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.7% from the field this season.

Indiana is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 21-8-1 in their last 30 conference games. Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 conference games. Indiana is 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams at Michigan State.

It feels weird having this kind of line between Indiana and Michigan State, as you would think a big name program like Indiana would be able to get up for this one. However, the fact that this line is this big just goes to speak to how poorly Indiana has played during this losing streak. Michigan State has also won 7 of the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 4 of those wins came by at least 17 points. Therefore, given the struggles that the Hoosiers have had ATS at the Breslin Center, I’ll lay the points with Michigan State in a bounce-back performance here.

Pick:
Michigan State -14.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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