The Michigan State Spartans were cruising along towards another strong Big Ten season and a ticket punched to the Big Dance in March. But the recent sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State regarding the women’s gymnastics team has reached head coach Tom Izzo’s basketball program. There are now legitimate online sports betting questions about Michigan State’s potential drop in betting value. The Indiana Hoosiers are digging out from the end of the Tom Crean era and will not be a serious Big Ten contender for the next season or two. Indiana hosts Michigan State in Big Ten action on Saturday.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Date and Time: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:15 p.m. Eastern
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
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Spartans vs. Hoosiers TV Coverage: ESPN
The Michigan State Spartans have seen a recent drop in their online sports betting value with just one payout in their last eight games against the spread. Sparty is coming off a 76-68 home win over Purdue but failed to cover as 14 point chalks. The over has hit in five out of Michigan State’s last seven games. Head coach Tom Izzo has built a complete team with exceptional balance. In the national rankings the Spartans rank an impressive 20th for BOTH offense and for defense. Sophomore forward Miles Bridges is the scoring leader with 17.9 points per game. Bridges had a team high 23 points and nine rebounds in MSU’s win over Purdue.
The Indiana Hoosiers have a record of 12-11 straight up and 12-11 against the spread. Despite the weak numbers IU has shown their best board value of the season lately with six payouts in their last eight games. Assembly Hall has also been friendly to IU backers where the Hoosiers have paid out in nine out of 14 games so far on the season. Over the total has been rare lately for IU with just one of the Hoosiers last ten games going over the total. Junior forward Juwan Morgan leads Indiana in scoring with 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. In the most recent game for IU Ohio State dominated the Hoosiers in a 71-56 payout as 10 point chalks.
Team vs Team
The better value in this head to head series has been Michigan State. Tom Izzo’s team has covered four out of their last five games against the spread vs. Indiana. The over has hit in three out of the last four games between Indiana and Michigan State. The Spartans have covered the Online sportsbook spread in three out of their last four games against the Hoosiers at Indiana. This head to head series has gone over the total in three out of the last four meetings at Bloomington.
Matchup to Watch
Although there is an undeniable cloud over the Michigan State program, the fact remains Indiana offers little online sports betting appeal. Michigan State is extremely well balanced and has superior overall talent and depth. The Spartans will also boast the best player on the floor in Miles Bridges.
Spartans vs. Hoosiers NCAA Games Betting Odds Picks
Michigan State has too much for rebuilding Indiana in this one.
NCAA Betting Online Pick: Michigan State Spartans
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Spartans 78, Hoosiers 65
Check out a feature on MSU’s Miles Bridges.