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How To Bet On Indiana Penn State – Hoosiers Try To Win Big Ten For First Time Since 2002

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/6/2013 6:38:26 PM

The Indiana Hoosiers, a proud program and one of the most recognizable brand names in college basketball, have a team that can win the Big Ten this season. The journey continues Monday.

Indiana Hoosiers @ Penn State Nittany Lions – Monday, January 7
Sport betting line: No line

Why Indiana Will Win

Even if you don't care for online casino games, you have to marvel at the way in which Indiana coach Tom Crean has built this program patiently over the past four and a half years. After the recruiting-based scandals that forced former coach Kelvin Sampson out of the program and brought about NCAA sanctions, Crean came in and basically took his lumps over the course of three seasons.

Indiana accepted a down period, knowing it would struggle for a considerable period of time. In year four, big things were expected of the program, and sure enough, Crean delivered, producing a team that reached the Sweet 16 and scored two huge wins along the way, over Kentucky (in the regular season) and Ohio State. This year, Indiana is primed to win the Big Ten for the first time in a decade, with the major pieces from last year's team coming back. Victor Oladipo has made himself into an NBA player with his dynamic athleticism and non-stop energy at both ends of the floor.

Cody Zeller is a beast in the paint, and Christian Watford is a long, gifted wing scorer who can also use his size to be a versatile defender. This is a team with many pieces. It can play racehorse basketball or thrive in halfcourt sets. It can shoot from long distance but can also function on the low blocks and make use of dribble penetration to create shots.

The other reason to go with the Hoosiers in this game is that their opponent won't amount to very much this season. Penn State has lost to the likes of Akron, Boston College, and La Salle, and in each of those games, the Nittany Lions scored fewer than 62 points. Indiana is not a particularly strong defensive team at the moment, but Penn State is not the kind of opponent that can exploit the Hoosiers.

Why Penn State Will Win

When college basketball gurus assess the chances of the underdog here, they will acknowledge that Penn State has a chance. Even football betting gurus who are focusing on bowl games should be able to see that Indiana's defense comes and goes; it is not consistent and is a lingering reason why Indiana might not win the Big Ten in 2013. Indiana continuously broke down on defense late in its loss to Butler on Dec. 15. The Hoosiers did not close down the shooting hands of hot Butler shooters, and they allowed too many lob entry passes to Butler's big men. Indiana has to get better at its rotations and helpside defense. Otherwise, Penn State can attack the Hoosiers with success.

Who Will Win

It’s not a close call: Indiana and Penn State are in separate leagues. Indiana has already won a Big Ten road game at Iowa this season. Iowa is a better team than Penn State, so the Hoosiers look like a very solid pick in this contest.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Indiana

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