The battle at the top of the Big 10 Conference is a close one in the NCAAB, with just a single game separating 1st from 4th. That gap may get a little closer still when the 1st place Indiana Hoosiers travel to the Crisier Centre in Ann Arbor to face the 4th place Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers recently recovered from a loss to Wisconsin, beating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 68-74 on Saturday, January 30th, but the team still needs to make an extra effort to notch a road win against the Wolverines. Indiana is a 2-point road underdog according to the latest college basketball betting odds.
Indiana Hoosiers vs Michigan Wolverines NCAAB Betting Lines and TV Info
When: Tuesday, February 2, 9PM EST
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Opening Lines: TBA
How to Bet Indiana Hoosiers Vs Michigan Wolverines
There is very little to separate these two teams, which is why it is going to be interesting to see which way the bookies go with this one. Will they give the home edge to Michigan, or do they believe that the Hoosiers can go on the road and get the upset? The odds may well help you decide which way to go with this one, and we will have them up at the MyBookie.ag NCAA basketball betting page as soon as they are made available.
Why Bet on the Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers (18-4, 8-1) took their first hit in conference play last week when they went down in OT on the road at Wisconsin. As disappointing as that loss was, it should not be forgotten that it was their only defeat in the last 14 games. During that run, the Hoosiers has 3 wins on the road, and their last defeat away from home came early in the season against Duke, which isn’t really something to hang you head about too much. Whatever way you slice it, the Hoosiers have been making pretty short work of their Big 10 opponents this season, and there is no reason to think that they can’t head to Michigan and do a number on the Wolverines. Indiana are averaging 85.2 PPG, and are giving up 68.5 PPG.
Why Bet on the Michigan Wolverines
Home court has been very good to Michigan (17-5, 7-2) this season, as they only have a single loss there this season, which came all the way back in the third game of the season versus Xavier. Since that loss, the Wolverines have turned the Crisier Centre into something of a fortress with 9 straight wins in their own building. The signature win in that group was a 70-67 win over Maryland, who just so happened to be ranked #3 at the time. The Wolverines will feel that they might be able to land in the Top 25 next week if they can pull off the win here and then knock off Michigan State in their next game. That is something that has to serve as a pretty good motivator for them. Michigan are averaging 77.4 PPG, and are giving up 64.4 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This may well be the game to watch on Tuesday night, as it has all the makings of a great one. The Hoosiers can get a firm grip on the conference lead with a win here, and I believe that is exactly what they will do, albeit in a close one.
Indiana Hoosiers 77 Michigan Wolverines 71