Michigan Wolverines (18-1) vs Indiana Hoosiers (12-7)Date : 01/25/2019
Time : 6:30 pm EST
Location : Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Michigan Wolverines vs Indiana Hoosiers
The 6-ranked Michigan Wolverines will travel to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, in which to face the struggling Indiana Hoosiers on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As stated, Indiana continues to reel at this point in the season as they are losers of five straight games, with their last being a 7 point loss to the Northwestern Wildcats as their offense was awful, once again, in shooting just 38% from the floor along with going 19% from three-point range. And while the defense for the Hoosiers was rather solid, yet again, in this contest while allowing just 39% shooting from the floor for the Wildcats, they allowed the home team to connect on 10 three-pointers for the contest, as this was certainly a key stat in this contest in allowing Northwestern to seal the victory.
On the other hand, the Michigan Wolverines had to battle back from a three-point halftime deficit in which to narrowly outscore the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their last outing while picking up a slim, two point victory thanks to 18 points along with 11 rebounds from Ignas Brazdeikis along with 15 points from John Teske as the Wolverines were able to remain in second place within the Big Ten while also keeping pressure on the top-seeded Michigan State Spartans.
Michigan Wolverines's Latest Performance :
The Wolverines were certainly able to keep their streak of total points allowed per game alive as they allowed just 57 points to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on 40% shooting from the floor in their last outing. And while the Wolverines were outrebounded in this contest, they were able to force a whopping 16 turnovers throughout the contest en route to a slim, down to the wire victory as Ignas Brazdeikis was the tip of the spear in their success in this contest as he pumped in 18 points along with pulling down 11 rebounds, as stated, as he and Teske were able to provide a huge lift for the Wolverines in picking up the all-important victory.
Jordan Murphy led the Golden Gophers with 15 points while Gabe Kalscheur along with Amir Coffey had 11 points each in the lost for Minnesota as they fell to seventh in the Big Ten with the loss. As stated, Michigan remained in second place within the conference hot on the heels of the Michigan State Spartans with the victory. Furthermore, Michigan will also look to matchup with an Indiana team that has gone ice cold from the floor in recent matchups.
Of course, Indiana’s defense remains to be rather solid, and could possibly cause problems for a Michigan offense that has labored throughout the season; Nonetheless, one should look for this to be a very exciting matchup as Indiana has won four of their last five home games, overall. On the other hand, Michigan will be playing their first road game since a 10-point loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in their prior road contest.
Indiana Hoosiers's Latest Performance :
Indiana’s offense has simply went cold at this point in the season as they are averaging just 61 points per game during their current five-game losing streak. Romeo Langford, who averages 17 points per game for Indiana, has also went cold in his last two games as he has only posted an average of 8 points during this time. Langford was non-existent in their matchup versus the Wildcats as he went 4-10 from the floor while going 0-3 from three-point range in ending with 12 points along with six rebounds. On the other hand, Juwan Morgan led the team with 18 points while pulling down 11 rebounds as the Hoosiers were not able to obtain any type of consistency on the offensive end throughout the contest, yet again.
On the other hand, the defense for the Hoosiers remained solid as they allowed just 39% shooting from the floor for the Wildcats, as stated, however, Northwestern received the huge lift off the bench from Aaron Falzon as he went 6-7 from three-point range while ending with 21 points while Derek Pardon chipped in 17 points while pulling down six rebounds in the much-needed victory for the Wildcats.
Indiana will certainly need to perform much better on the offensive end versus a Michigan team that is allowing just 57 points per game on 40% shooting to their opponents this year. On the other hand, the Michigan Wolverines have not allowed opponents to reach the 70-point plateau in their last nine games, overall.
How Michigan Wolverines & Indiana Hoosiers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Michigan is 9 – 10 ATS while the OU is 7 – 11
Indiana is 7 – 11 ATS while the OU is 6 – 12
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an interesting matchup amongst these two teams that will either be looking to extend their winning streak after a huge setback, or, to halt a current losing streak while stringing together some victories moving forward. Nonetheless, Indiana must play better on the offensive end of the floor, as stated, in which to keep this game competitive throughout. On the other hand, Michigan will be looking to push the pace in which to kick-start their offense, which is only averaging just 57 points per game in their last two outings.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick; Michigan Wolverines
My reason for the pick :
I will back Michigan in this contest as while their offense has certainly not been something that fill the seats on a nightly basis, yet their defense continues to rank as one of the best in the country. With that being said, I look for them to totally neutralize an already inconsistent offense for Indiana that cannot seem to get going at a pivotal point in the season. In all, look for Michigan to control the pace of this game throughout while relying on their defense in which to seal the victory in the second half in what will be a convincing win in the end over a lifeless Indiana Hoosiers squad.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four of the last five home games for the Indiana Hoosiers while also being the result in six of the last nine games, overall, for the Michigan Wolverines. Of course, with the defense that Michigan brings to the table, one can expect that Indiana will indeed struggle throughout the course of this contest. On the other hand, as also pointed out, Michigan has labored on the offensive end as well this season and will find their fair share of issues looking to make some headway versus an Indiana defense that, despite a setback here and there, is allowing teams to shoot just 41% from the floor on a nightly basis.
Betting trends for Michigan Wolverines:
- The Wolverines are 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 6 – 3 in Wolverine’s last 9 games
Betting trends for Indiana Hoosiers:
- The Hoosiers are 1-5 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 6 – 4 in Hoosiers last 10 games