15* Big Ten GAME OF THE WEEK on Indiana +6
Indiana vs. Michigan State,
12/28/2011 19:30 EDT,
Score: 65 - 80
Point Spread: +6/-105 Indiana
The Indiana Hoosiers remain one of the most underrated teams in college basketball. How this team is not ranked inside the Top 10 is beyond me. No. 13 Indiana will earn their respect tonight by going on the road and knocking off 16th-ranked Michigan State.
After going a conference-worst 28-66 over the previous three seasons, Indiana begins Big Ten play as the league's lone unbeaten at 12-0 - its best start since going a perfect 32-0 in 1975-76.
The Hoosiers, whose only single-digit victory came 73-72 over then-No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 10, are tied for the Division I lead in 3-point percentage (45.9) and among the nation's top 10 in scoring (84.8 points per game).
Indiana took Michigan State right down to the wire at the Breslin Center last season, eventually falling 983-84 in overtime on January 30th. The Hoosiers certainly want revenge tonight, and I believe they get it with an outright victory.
The Hoosiers are one of the few teams in the country who have five players averaging in double-figures scoring. They are Cody Zeller (15.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG), Victor Oladipo (12.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG), Jordan Hulls (12.1 PPG, 56.2% 3-pointers), Christian Watford (12.1 PPG< 5.1 RPG) and Will Sheehey (10.7 PPG). This is the definition of a team.
Indiana is a perfect 7-0 ATS in all games this season. The Spartans are 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 games as a favorite. The Hoosiers remain unbeaten against the spread with another cover tonight. Take Indiana Wednesday.