The Michigan Wolverines (12-2) and Indiana Hoosiers (13-1) will meet up in a Big Ten Conference matchup Thursday night inside Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN.
Michigan Wolverines at Indiana Hoosiers
Michigan enters on a seven-game win streak since suffering a 70-58 defeat to the Virginia Cavaliers as 3.5-point road underdogs. The Wolverines have held four of their last five opponents to less than 60 points and have won their previous six games by double-digit margins. “We’ve really played good defense,” stated Wolverines head coach John Beilein about the recent run. “We’re going to have to do that.” He has led the team to 12 wins in its first 14 games for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. Michigan is 23-8 ATS as an underdog the past two-plus seasons.
The Wolverines are averaging 70.9 points per game, with six games of equaling or eclipsing the 75-point mark. Michigan is shooting 48.1 percent from the field this season, which is currently the top single-season percentage in the Beilein era. The team has three players that currently average double-digits in scoring, with Tim Hardaway Jr. leading the way in scoring 15.6 points per game. He has done most of his damage in the second half, scoring 9.7 points on 57.1 percent shooting.
Indiana has knocked off the top two ranked teams in the country in the same season for the first time in school history, coming off a 74-70 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes as five-point home underdogs. “Outside expectations really don’t play one bit into what we’re going,” stated Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean. The Hoosiers were expected to make some noise this year in returning 93.3 percent of their scoring from a year ago. Indiana is 6-0 ATS as a favorite this year and the ‘over’ is 4-2 in those contests.
The Hoosiers are shooting 50.2 percent from the field, including 44.7 percent from beyond the arc. Indiana ranks second nationally in three-point field goal percentage. Indiana will try to force Michigan into turnovers, feeding into its ability to score in transition, averaging 22.8 points per game in that situation. Freshman forward Cody Zeller is the star of the show, averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Junior Jordan Hulls must be watched on the perimeter in hitting 31-of-57 shots from beyond the arc.
Bettors will likely back the Hoosiers due to their 13-3 ATS mark in the last 16 meetings, while the Wolverines are 0-4 ATS when playing in Indiana.
Recommendation: Indiana Hoosiers (-7.5)
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