College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Michigan Wolverines vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Sunday, 2/2/14, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Michigan -2.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Indiana Hoosiers are 7-3 ATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points in their last 10 opportunities
The Indiana Hoosiers are 7-3 ATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points in their last 10 opportunities

Michigan has won 10 games in a row, including a 75-66 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 11-point home favorites Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.  The Wolverines have been led offensively by guard Nik Stauskas, who has scored 105 points and tallied 21 assists to just nine turnovers over his last five games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  The program leads the nation in committing just 14.9 fouls per game—something that will be put to the test against an opponent that goes to the free throw line 27.6 times a contest.  Michigan is 1-3 SUATS as road favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wolverines have compiled a 27-0 SU record under head coach John Belein when scoring 80 or more points, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Michigan has won its first four road games in Big Ten Conference play—a feat that has not happened in Ann Arbor since the 1976-77 campaign.  Since the start of conference play, Beilein has relied heavily on a steady eight-man rotation of players.

Indiana has dropped three of its last four games, including a 60-55 setback to the Nebraska Cornhuskers as two-point road underdogs Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Hoosiers lead the league in free throw shooting during Big Ten play, while ranking third nationally with a +11.0 rebounding margin.  Freshman Noah Vonleh is the main player to watch on the boards, as he averages 9.3 rebounds per game.  Indiana is 7-3 ATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points their last 10 opportunities.

The Hoosiers have compiled a 46-5 SU record at home since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, while they’ve made more free throws than any other team from a major conference over that span.  Indiana also leads the country in free throw attempts, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage in that period of time.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hoosiers due to their 16-5-1 ATS mark in the last 22 meetings in this series.

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