Indiana Hoosiers vs Michigan Wolverines NCAAB Betting Preview

Posted by Aaron . on February 1, 2016 in

The Michigan Wolverines (17-5) host the #22 Indiana Hoosiers (18-4) in Big Ten play Tuesday night. The game tips off at 9:00pm Eastern time. Michigan enters the game in fourth place in the Big Ten, having polished off Penn State at home on Saturday. The Hoosiers knocked off the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday and sit in first place in the Big Ten. Click here to view our NCAAB lines.

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Indiana Hoosiers vs Michigan Wolverines TV Info and NCAAB Odds

When: Tuesday, February 2, 9PM EST
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Stream: WatchESPN
Opening Lines: TBA


How to bet on the Indiana Hoosiers

Thomas Bryant has become the “go-to” guy for the Hoosiers when games are coming down to crunch time. Just a freshman, the center poured in 23 points, pulled down eight boards and scored the basket that would put Indiana ahead for good on an offensive board with 1:56 left. Minnesota had mounted a huge rally in the second half, wiping a 16-point deficit off the board and going up 67-66 with just under four minutes to go. However, after that, the Golden Gophers did not score another basket. Bryant followed up his putback with a huge dunk with 27 seconds remaining to give the Hoosiers a 70-67 advantage, and the rest came down to fouls and free throws.

This win was particularly impressive given that the Hoosiers only had a 4-4 road record going into this game — and they did not start out well. The fact that Minnesota was 0-9 in Big Ten play going into the game may have made this a bit of a trap for the Hoosiers. Indiana was up 12 at halftime and up 48-32 with 16:33 left to go, but then the Gophers woke up. Luckily, the Hoosiers were able to shake off their doldrums and seal the win. I look for them to have their focus back in place for this big rivalry in Big Ten basketball.

Indiana should benefit from the continued absence of Caris LeVert from the Michigan roster. He has missed eight games as a result of a lower leg injury, and he is the team’s leader in points (17.6), boards (5.4) and assists (5.2). He remains day-to-day, but there has not been an announcement ruling him in for Tuesday night’s tilt.

How to bet on the Michigan Wolverines

The game between Michigan and Penn State was so popular that they played it in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with more than 12,000 raucous fans in attendance. Derrick Walton Jr. continued to impress as the Wolverines knocked off the Nittany Lions, scoring 13 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out seven assists in the win. Michigan struggled at the start just to make shots, but they kept pushing the action. Zak Irvin would add 20 points, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 15 more, and Michigan enters the home game against Indiana having won five out of six.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Indiana has been living dangerously this season, and Michigan is only a game behind them in the Big Ten standings. I like Michigan to take the home end of this conference rivalry and win, 73-69. That would move them into a tie with Indiana in the conference standings and would make Indiana’s weekend game at Penn State even more important if they want to meet the Wolverines’ pace.