Edwardsville vs. Indiana Pick
Will No. 13 Indiana have a letdown showing when it plays host to SIU-Edwardsville tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Indiana is favored at home tonight, as the Hoosiers are getting odds of -25.5 points against Edwardsville. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 147 points. These two last met in 2010 with Indiana getting an 88-54 win at home.
Indiana is 5-1 on the season following a 76-67 win over North Carolina earlier this week. The Hoosiers are 2-2 against the spread, but failed to cover as a 28.5-point favorite against UMass. Indiana is putting up 86.5 points per game this season on offense, shooting 49 percent from the field in the process. IU will be without OG Anunoby because of an ankle injury. He is averaging 12.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. The team is led by James Blackmon Jr., who is averaging 19.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Defensively, Indiana is giving up 69.2 points per game.
Edwardsville is 4-3 on the season and 3-3 against the spread. They covered in the only game where they were a double-digit underdog. The Cougars have struggled on offense this season, averaging just 68.7 points per game. Tre Harris is the leading scorer with 13.9 points per game. Three others average double figures as well. Defensively, Edwardsville is allowing 74.3 points per game.
Indiana is coming off a big win over North Carolina. The Hoosiers could very well have an emotional letdown in today’s game. IU has yet to cover in back-to-back games this season. Edwardsville doesn’t have the horses to compete with IU to win, but they have some good balance of scoring and should be able to try and exploit some favorable matchups and do enough to cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: SIU-EDWARDSVILLE +25.5