College Basketball Picks: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan State Spartans

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 21, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans are 19-13 against the Indiana Hoosiers under head coach Tom Izzo, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Tuesday as the two teams prepare to meet at the Breslin Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spartans are 12-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with no betting total established in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum.

Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have won 10 games in a row, including a 78-62 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini as four-point road favorites last Saturday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Spartans are 36-11 straight up and 30-16-1 against the spread when taking on conference opponents over the last two-plus seasons.

Indiana Hoosiers

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    The Indiana Hoosiers had their two-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as they dropped a 54-47 decision to the Northwestern Wildcats as 13-point home favorites.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 8-9 straight up and 10-6-1 against the spread as underdogs, with the UNDER going 11-6 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Michigan State Spartans, as the home team has covered the number in 16 of the last 22 meetings in this series.

    College Basketball Pick: Michigan State Spartans -12

     

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