The Indiana Hoosiers will look to snap a two-game skid in Big Ten Conference play as well as in the series when they host the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes in a key league matchup on Thursday night. The Hoosiers (10-3, 1-2), who are 9-0 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season, opened Big Ten play with a 68-55 win over Nebraska before dropping a 64-59 decision at Wisconsin last month, and losing a 61-58 decision at Penn State on Sunday. The Buckeyes (9-2, 3-0), meanwhile, have league wins over Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska, including Sunday’s 87-79 overtime win over the Cornhuskers. Sunday’s game was Ohio State’s first in 22 days as the Buckeyes were forced to cancel three games due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program.
The game from Bloomington, Ind., is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio State is averaging 76.7 points per game, while Indiana averages 75.7. The Hoosiers are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Ohio State vs. Indiana odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 140. Before locking in any Indiana vs. Ohio State picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Ohio State vs. Indiana spread: Indiana -3.5
- Ohio State vs. Indiana over-under: 140 points
- Ohio State vs. Indiana money line: Ohio State +145, Indiana -170
- OSU: The Buckeyes are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following an ATS loss
- IND: The Hoosiers are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games
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Why Indiana can cover
Redshirt sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has scored in double digits in all but one game this season and registered his 27th career double-double in the Hoosiers’ 64-56 win over Notre Dame on Dec. 18 with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He surpassed the career 1,000-point mark with 18 points in a 76-74 win over St. John’s on Nov. 17. He has four double-doubles on the year, including a 31-point, 16-rebound effort in a double-overtime loss at Syracuse on Nov. 30 during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He scored a career-high 43 points in a win over Marshall on Nov. 27, and is averaging 32.1 minutes, 19.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.1 blocks per game.
Redshirt junior forward Race Thompson is third in the Big Ten in rebounding (8.9) and is also averaging 10.8 points, two assists and 1.3 steals per game. Thompson has scored in double figures in eight games and has registered three double-doubles, including a 17-point, 12-rebound effort at Syracuse. He is connecting on 59.8 percent of his field goals, and has reached double-digit scoring in six of the past seven games after a nine-point performance at Penn State on Sunday. He has started his last 40 games with the Hoosiers, including all 13 games this year.
Why Ohio State can cover
The Buckeyes are potent from distance this season. In the win over Nebraska on Sunday, the Buckeyes made 16 3-pointers, which marked the sixth game this year with 10 or more threes, and was tied for the fourth-most in program history. Freshman guard Malaki Branham made six of the 16 3-pointers against the Cornhuskers and finished with a season-high 35 points. That was the most points by an Ohio State freshman in a Big Ten game in program history. His previous season-high was 11 points and he had made just five threes entering the game.
Junior forward E.J. Liddell has scored in double figures in all 11 games this year, despite being held to a season-low 10 points against Nebraska. He has reached 20 points or more in five games, and has registered a pair of double-doubles. His best scoring game was a 29-point effort against Niagara in an 84-74 win on Nov. 12. For the season, Liddell is averaging 19.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, three blocks and 2.9 assists.
How to make Indiana vs. Ohio State picks
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