Sunday college basketball odds: No. 13 Michigan State at No. 7 Indiana
The game of the week arrives on Sunday as No. 13 Michigan State looks to remain the only unbeaten team in Big Ten play when it visits national championship favorite and seventh-ranked Indiana. Check our current lines.
The Spartans enter off a hard-fought 49-47 win at Wisconsin on Tuesday for their sixth straight win – the Badgers won at Indiana the week before. Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 while grabbing 13 rebounds to lead Michigan State against Wisconsin. Both teams went more than 4 minutes without scoring down the stretch until Dawson broke the drought, hitting one of two from the free throw line. That put the Spartans (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) up 48-44 with just over 2 minutes left.
Indiana, the preseason No. 1 team and Big Ten favorite, routed Penn State 72-49 on Wednesday. With national player of the year candidate Cody Zeller scoring a career-low two points and failing to make a basket for the first time since arriving in Bloomington, Victor Oladipo finished with 19 points and freshman Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15. After a sluggish start, Indiana shot 58.8 percent in the second half and was 6 of 8 from 3-point range. The team that has been widely panned for its lack of defense, despite being seventh in the nation in defensive field goal percentage, limited Penn State to 33.3 percent from the field.
Indiana held Penn State to only 19 first half points, making it the second straight game in which IU has held an opponent under 20 points in the opening half. It is the fourth time this season that Indiana has held an opponent under 20 points in a half. IU held PSU to 49 points, marking the second time this year that Indiana has held an opponent under 50 points in a game. The Hoosiers led from start to finish, marking the fifth time this season that IU has led an entire game. It is the second time in Big Ten play that the Hoosiers led wire-to-wire in a game (Minnesota on Jan. 12). Indiana shot 11-of-20 (55.0 percent) from beyond the arc, which ties its season-high for 3-point field goals made in a single game. The Hoosiers have hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in three games this season.
The Hoosiers are not going to be an easy team to beat at home. Not after Wisconsin went in there and won. But Michigan State can do some of the same things Wisconsin did. They can control the tempo, they can control the back boards, they have size to bother Zeller and they have athletes on the perimeter that can chase people off of the 3-point line.
The Spartans said after an energetic practice Thursday that they’re trying to look at Sunday more like a necessity.
“It just depends on what your dreams and goals are in this program,” coach Tom Izzo said. “I think we understand that every year we’re playing for something special at the end of the year and to do that you’ve got to win as many games as you can.”
MSU will wear special Nike uniforms Sunday that resemble the Nike Pro Combat uniforms the MSU football team wore in a win over Michigan in 2011. They are dark gray-green with bronze numbers. Indiana and Michigan State split two meetings last year, each winning by 15 at home.
WagerWeb.com trends: Spartans are 6-10-1 ATS overall and 2-4 ATS on road. MSU is 7-9 over/under overall and 2-4 on road. IU is 9-8 ATS overall and 7-4 ATS at home. Hoosiers are 7-8 O/U and 5-4 at home.