College Basketball Betting — Indiana May Struggle to Out-Muscle Michigan State in Big Ten Showdown
- Updated: January 3, 2014
College basketball bettors are well aware that the Indiana Hoosiers are coming off a tough loss and also a piece of tough news. On Saturday they will be relieved to return home for what promises to be a bruising matchup against the Michigan State Spartans. Game time for this Big Ten encounter is 2 PM ET at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Indiana is 10-4 on the season (6-6-1 against the NCAA basketball odds), but you can certainly say that they are in a rebuilding phase after losing two star players in big man Cody Zeller and guard Victor Oladipo, who not only contributed to making this team dynamic, but also went in the first four selections of the NBA Draft
Indiana is coming off a mistake-filled game in Champaign, in which the Hoosiers coughed up the ball 23 times on turnovers but still fought hard into the overtime period before dropping an 83-80 decision to Illinois. This happened despite 30 points for point guard Yogi Ferrell, whose effort was almost heroic, playing 43 total minutes in the game. It was indeed a painful defeat, because Tom Crean’s team was looking for some revenge, as it was ranked #1 in the country (last season) and beaten on its last trip to the Illinois campus.
Fans wagering through VietBet also read some bad news from the Indiana camp, as freshman Luke Fischer, who was rated a four-star recruit, suddenly announced his intention to transfer. he wasn’t contributing big numbers, but he was a big body on a team that did not have many of them. And he was coming along as a backup to an even more heralded freshman in Noah Vonleh.
That is not to say the Hoosiers will be completely without a presence in the paint. By the time this regular season is over, Vonleh may be discussed along with some of the best first-year players in the country. But he is a work in progress, trying to replace Zeller, and these are some hard-nosed veterans he’ll be going up against. The Spartans have been destroying people on the boards lately, with a rebounding margin of +13.8 over their opponents over the last five games. That’s more in line with what people have come to expect out of the team out of East Lansing.
Michigan State (12-1 straight-up, 7-5 against the college basketball betting lines) had some anxious moments in Tuesday’s game at Penn State, and it took place under very unusual circumstances. The game was originally supposed to be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Spartans, and many of their fans, were present for the Rose Bowl. But some logistical problems prevented it, and instead what happened was that 27,000 fans at a pep rally watched the game on television.
What they witnessed in the first half was almost a nightmare, as the Spartans yielded 47 points on 58% shooting. That was unacceptable. As most college basketball bettors know, coach Tom Izzo has his own unique motivational techniques, and in this case he threatened to keep the team for an extra day in State College, where he would run a full practice on New Year’s Day. His team responded by limiting Penn State to 16 points on 22% shooting in the 79-63 win. To this date they have lost only to North Carolina (behind awful 36% shooting), with an early win over Kentucky, and they have covered four straight in college basketball betting.
VietBet customers will take note that Indiana is undefeated at home (9-0 SU), but the Spartans certainly have a number of players for Indiana to be worried about. Adreian Payne is a guy who can bang on the glass and also has the ability to step out and nail three-pointers, which could have the effect of getting Vonleh into some matchup difficulty. Keith Appling is a master penetrator, and knows how to dish it out on a team that has great ball movement (5 assists/game). Branden Dawson, the 6’6″ swingman, came back from a leg injury to score 20 in the win over Penn State. Matt Costello, one more big guy who can get physical (6’9″, 245 lbs.) has returned from missing four games with mononucleosis. This is a team close to full strength, and that will give Crean some headaches.
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