NCAA Basketball Pick: Michigan vs. Indiana
Date/Time: February 2nd, 1:00 ET
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Point Spread: Off
An old heated rivalry will be renewed when the Indiana Hoosiers play host to the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS inside Assembly Hall. This rivalry isn’t Bobby Knight against the Fab Five like the old days, but you can expect to see some fireworks when these two get tangled up this weekend.
Michigan comes in as one of the hottest teams in the country riding high on a 10 game win streak. Nobody has been able to stop this team not even Top 5 ranked teams like the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans. Last Saturday the Wolverines took out Sparty 80-75 on the road and before that went to Wisconsin and beat the Badgers 77-70. At the moment, this could be one of the most underrated teams in America ranked No. 10. In their last game the Wolverines beat the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 at home. Michigan G Nik Stauskas stayed hot in that game scoring 16 points dishing out three assists and he also blocked three shots. The sophomore is averaging 18.4 points per game and is the leader on this roster. The Wolverines are 3-3 ATS on the road which may not impress many, but they are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 contests that includes SU wins over three Top 10 ranked squads. Michigan’s last trip to Bloomington on February 2nd, 2013 left them just short in a 72-71 loss. This time the Wolverines will be looking for redemption as they try to keep climbing up the rankings.
Indiana comes in off a tough loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in which the Hoosiers held a 32-19 halftime lead and led by as much as 16 points in the game. The Hoosiers allowed the Cornhuskers to rally in the second half and put up 41 points in the 60-55 loss. Indiana G Yogi Ferrell had 14 points, three rebounds, and five assists in the loss. Ferrell is the guy who must get it going for the Hoosiers to have a chance against this Michigan squad. The sophomore averages 17.3 points per game and had 17 points in a 56-46 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini last Sunday. A stat to watch in this game will be Indiana’s ability to stop Michigan from behind the three point line. The Wolverines shoot 39.5 percent from three while teams are shooting just 29.2 percent against the Hoosiers. Indiana is just 6-6 ATS at home this season and figures to be an underdog in this game.
There’s no denying that Michigan has been on a roll and is out to prove something to the rest of the Big Ten. The Wolverines are a perfect 8-0 SU in conference play thus far and we don’t expect that to change come Sunday. Look for Stauskas to lead his team to another win inside the conference in this one. Michigan is 6-2 ATS inside of Big Ten play this season and has played some of its best games on the road. b>Michigan 71 – Indiana 61