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Betting On Michigan State Indiana - Indiana And Michigan State Fight For Different Prizes

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/10/2014 4:19:36 AM

The Indiana Hoosiers want to boost their NCAA Tournament seeding. The Michigan State Spartans want to win the Big Ten championship. They meet late in February.

Michigan State Spartans @ Indiana Hoosiers - Tuesday, February 28
Sports betting line: No line

Why Michigan State Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you don’t need to think very long to realize why Michigan State has a clear-cut advantage. Rebounding is going to swing in Michigan State’s favor in this game, which means that Indiana will have to shoot at a very high percentage in order to win. Indiana is a small, undersized team. Its players are quick and crafty, but not physically imposing. Michigan State’s basketball identity over the past 15 years has been rooted in rugged defense and relentless rebounding prowess.

The Spartans got away from that formula last year, when they lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but they’ve returned to the old-time religion this season and have shot to the top tier of the Big Ten as a result. Michigan State is playing a powerful brand of basketball in line with the Big Ten’s longstanding reputation. The Spartans are the inheritors of the brand developed by Bob Knight at Indiana and Gene Keady at Purdue. Indiana will get outfought on the boards; the Hoosiers will be in big trouble against the Spartans unless they can shoot the lights out.

Why Indiana Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who follow the Big Ten Conference on a regular basis know that Indiana’s first Big Ten loss of the season came at Michigan State, an 80-65 drubbing that proved to the nation how far the Hoosiers had to go in order to be considered part of the nation’s elite. Michigan State roughed up Indiana and played with a level of intensity the Hoosiers were not prepared for.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo prevailed in a matchup with his protégé, former MSU assistant Tom Crean, who now pilots the Hoosiers from the bench. You can be sure that Crean gathered a lot of information from that game. The Indiana boss will have his players motivated and tactically ready to play this contest, which – as a result of being in Bloomington, Indiana – will give the Hoosiers a much better chance of winning. Indiana’s ability to spread the court and hit open three-point jump shots is something that Ohio State lacked when the Buckeyes lost to Michigan State on Feb. 11.

Indiana’s offensive balance makes the Hoosiers a better offensive team than Ohio State, and therefore a tricky matchup that Michigan State might not be able to handle the second time around. Ohio State is superior to Indiana because of its defense, but if Indiana can shoot the ball, the Hoosiers’ defensive liabilities might not matter much against Michigan State. Indiana might be able to score the win over the Spartans that Ohio State could not deliver.

Who Will Win

In late February, one wonders if Indiana’s legs will be fresh enough to withstand 40 minutes of effort from Michigan State. Shooters need fresh legs to maintain the technique they need, but the Hoosiers are likely to run out of steam in the final minutes against the hungry and oncoming Spartans, who look like a Final Four contender right now. Take Michigan State on the road.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Michigan State

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