Michigan State Spartans at Indiana Hoosiers College Basketball Betting Odds

Arnold Nichols
March 6, 2019

Michigan State is tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten Conference standings with 14-3 records. The Hoosiers pulled within five after their fifth 3-pointer of the half before Michigan State went back up by nine and took a 35-28 lead into the locker room.

Ahead of today's game, here's three things to know about the matchup and a look at what has changed recently during IU practices. Can't lose two games against a mediocre IN team and expect to walk away with a Big Ten title - especially when you allow 15 offensive rebounds and score just 62 points. Michigan State's shot accuracy and free throw ability suffered last time, so expect to see improvements on offense.

BLOOMINGTON, IN - MARCH 02: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans drives to the basket around Rob Phinisee #10 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on March 2, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana's offense was able to get into a rhythm as well in the second half, though they just shot 40.6% from the field in the second half, in was able to shoot 40% from behind the arc, with Devonte Green knocking down several big shots from behind the arc.

McQuaid was questionable with an ankle injury but played 36 minutes.

This time, it was Justin Smith leading the way.

But just because the Spartans have been playing extremely well lately doesn't mean they can cover the Michigan State vs. IN spread.

Cassius Winston is potentially the most risky player on the floor between both teams.

Junior Ali Patberg led the Hoosiers with 18 points, while sophomore Jaelynn Penn had 13 and fellow sophomore Bendu Yeaney added 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Winston led the way for Sparty in the defeat with 26 points while falling two rebounds and assists short of a triple-double. Getting the Spartans' key players into foul trouble earlier in the game would be beneficial for Indiana.

IN stunned MSU with a 79-75 overtime thriller at the Breslin Center on February 2, the exclamation point on the Spartans' season-long, three-game losing streak.

The Purdue women's basketball team finished up the regular season Sunday, suffering a 73-51 loss at IN to finish the schedule 17-14 overall and 8-10 IN conference play. If the Hoosiers come out on top on Saturday, they will begin their first winning streak since December 1, where they won seven straight. Indiana's final two games of the regular season are potential landmines with a trip to IL, which has given the Big Ten's best fits all season long, and a home game against a Rutgers team that just blew out No. 22 Iowa on the road. The team won just one game in a 13-game stretch, and many assumed that their chance of making an appearance in March was impossible. IN would need this outcome, along with a solid run in Chicago to be considered for the NCAA tournament in March.

The good news is that if IU finds a way to sweep the next two games, the NIT should be a no-brainer regardless of the Big 10 Tournament.

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