January 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM #53082
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The Indiana Hoosiers will make the trip up to East Lansing to take on the third-ranked Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten showdown on Tuesday night. Indiana is coming off a disappointing loss to Northwestern on Saturday, while Michigan State continues to cruise through their conference schedule.
Indiana Hoosiers (12-6) at 3 Michigan State Spartans (17-1)
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Jack Breslin Student Events Center
City: East Lansing, Michigan
Spread: Michigan State -12.5
While Indiana may not have fared well in their last game, the team will surely be looking for a repeat of their last Tuesday performance when they beat the then third-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Indiana has won three of the last four meetings with Michigan State, but they were ranked inside the AP top 25 for each of those victories.
The Michigan State Spartans may seem vulnerable to some without their top post player in star forward Adreian Payne,but the team has gotten by just fine without him. The Spartans have now won 10 straight games, including all six of their Big Ten matchups. Michigan State has won by an average margin of 13.2 points in conference play, winning all but one of those games by double digits.
Sophomore guard Gary Harris has really stepped up his play at the offensive end in Payne’s absence. Over his last five games, Harris has scored an average of 19.0 points per game, and leads the team with 17.9 points per game on the season.
Michigan State didn’t miss Payne all that much in their last game, outrebounding Illinois 38-25 in a 78-62 win. Head coach Tom Izzo said after the game that his team needs to play better at the offensive end despite shooting 55.8 percent from the field.
As for the Hoosiers, they shot 51.6 percent in their upset win over Wisconsin, but shot just 25.0 percent from the floor in Saturday’s loss to Northwestern, their worst shooting performance in a decade. The lone bright spot for the team in that game was the play of freshman Noah Vonleh, who racked up 17 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, most in the Big Ten.
They’re giving away a fair number of points, but the Spartans haven’t let up an inch in conference play this season, even without a key contributor in Payne. Indiana has an impressive win under their belt in conference play already, but that came at home, whereas this game comes as a true road contest, a situation in which they have only one win on the season. Coach Izzo has his troops focused and after beating Indiana by 17 in Bloomington earlier in the year, Michigan State should be able to build up a comfortable margin again on this night.
The Spartans are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Hoosiers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 trips to East Lansing.
The play: Michigan State -12.5
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