Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Saturday March 7th, 2015. At 12:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (20-10) Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference makes the trip from the Wolverine State to Central Indiana. Michigan State will play the (19-11) Indiana Hoosiers also of the Big-10 in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Assembly Hall on campus in Bloomington, Indiana. This Sports Handicapper believes the Michigan State Spartans are in the annual NCAA Tournament, and with upperclassmen could be a tough out. Indiana should get in but, just barely. The opening betting line has Indiana as a one-point home favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds is not available for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Michigan State Spartans have dropped two of three straight up. The Spartans lost at home to Purdue 72-66 on March 4th. The Spartans are in a log jam with three other teams with an 11-6 Conference record. Point Guard Travis Trice scored a career-high twenty-seven points in the home finale. Trice is second behind Junior Denzel Valentine in scoring. Senior Branden Dawson is perhaps the most talented player on the team and is third in scoring with 11.6 points per game. Dawson is questionable Saturday wit ha head injury. Michigan State ranks fourth in both offense and defense in the Big-Ten. The betting odds total is 5-2-1 Michigan State last eight on Saturday’s. The Spartans are 4-9 ATS the last thirteen between the teams in Bloomington. The Michigan State Spartans are 5-0 their last five NCAA Basketball Expert Point Spread Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total three times. Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo is not pleased with his teams play going into Conference Tournament play. The key to a Michigan State success going into the postseason is going to depend on the play of Trice and Dawson. Michigan State struggles in the post, but Izzo will make changes on the fly. Betting Experts in Las Vegas has Michigan State at +6,600 to win the 2015 March Madness College Basketball title.
The 2015 Indiana Hoosiers have lost three of four both straight up and Against The Spread. The Hoosiers were humbled at home to Iowa by double digits on March 3rd. Indiana is 9-8 in Conference play, six games out of first place. The pressure is on Head Coach Tom Crean in the basketball-crazed Hoosier State. The team got left out of the”BIG DANCE” last season, and another snub by the selection committee will not set well with fans. Indiana ranks first in the Conference in offense, but the defense is last, allowing opponents 71.7 points per game. Crean has to make his mind up on what style does he want the Hoosiers to play. Point Guard Kevin “YOGI” Farrell is capable of carrying the young squad on his shoulders. Freshman James Blackmon Jr.can score with the best. He and Farrell must produce at both ends of the court. Sophomore Forward Troy Williams has to play strong in the post. The betting odds over the total are 6-2 the Hoosiers last eight games on Saturday’s. The Hoosiers have lost three in a row straight up the Michigan State, including a twenty-point road defeat on January 5th, 2015. The Indiana Hoosiers are 6-4 their last ten ATS, going over the betting odds total six time and staying under the betting odds total four. Bovada.Lv has Indiana as +20,000 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Tournament.
Free Picks: Michigan State+1.