College Basketball Betting: Indiana Primed To Hand No. 13 Ohio State Loss

Parker Stewart #45 of the Indiana Hoosiers dribbles the basketball up court during the first half of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Kohl Center on December 08, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Bad news for sports bettors: College football’s bowl season has reached its conclusion, minus Monday night’s national championship clash of No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.

Good news for sports bettors: College basketball’s regular season has made the glorious calendar turn to 2022, meaning the vast majority of remaining games will be conference clashes.

Props.com’s marquee matchup for Thursday features a pair of traditional Big Ten powers from neighboring states. Since 1906, these hallowed programs have accounted for 42 regular-season conference titles.

No. 13 Ohio State at Indiana

Trayce Jackson-Davis #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers blocks the shot of Paul Atkinson Jr #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2021 Crossroads Classic at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on December 18, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Tipoff Time: 7 p.m. EST
Venue: Assembly Hall (Bloomington, IN)
TV: FS1
Ohio State: 9-2 SU/5-6 ATS
Indiana: 10-3 SU/8-5 ATS

Odds: Side & Total

Sportsbook Spread Total
BetMGM Indiana -3.5 (-110) 138.5
Caesars Indiana -3.5 (-110) 139
DraftKings Indiana -3.5 (-110) 139
FanDuel Indiana -3.5 (-110) 137.5
PointsBet USA Indiana -3.5 (-110) 140

*Odds updated as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Betting Trends

Ohio State

  • The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS coming off an ATS loss
  • Ohio State is on a 7-1 ATS run as a road underdog
  • The Over is 8-2 in the Buckeyes’ last 10 games
  • The Over is 7-1 in the Buckeyes’ last eight as a road underdog.

Indiana

  • The Hoosiers have cashed their last four following an ATS loss
  • Indiana is on a 6-0 ATS run at home, all as a favorite
  • The Under is 13-4 in the Hoosiers’ last 17 games

The Series

  • The home team cashed in the last four meetings
  • Ohio State is 6-1 SU in its last seven meetings with Indiana

Odds & Ends

Malaki Branham #22 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives the ball during the first half of their game against the Towson Tigers at Value City Arena on December 08, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.
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— With DraftKings, Ohio State (3-0 Big Ten) has the 14th-best odds to win the NCAA title (+3,500 — tied with Houston). Down the line, Iowa State slots 32nd on the national championship odds board (+8,000), along with Iowa State, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and St. Bonaventure.

— The Over is 5-2 this season when Ohio State faces nationally ranked or power-conference opponents. The two Under games were straight-up victories for the Buckeyes, beating No. 22 Wisconsin 73-55 (total: 134), and upending then-No. 1 Duke 71-66 (total: 147.5).

— Conversely, the Under is 5-1 for Indiana (1-2 Big Ten) against power-conference or ranked programs.

— Dating to last January, the Buckeyes are 7-3 SU against ranked road/neutral-site opponents.

— The Hoosiers are 7-4 SU at home against ranked opponents, dating to March 2019.

— This season, Ohio State and its opponents are averaging 145.2 combined points per game; Indiana and its foes are averaging 137.3 points per outing.

— Player to Watch: Ohio State guard Malaki Branham exploded for 35 points in Sunday’s overtime road victory over Nebraska. Prior to this career-best surge, Branham scored in double figures just once (11 points vs. Penn State). Against the Cornhuskers, the 6-foot-5 freshman went 13-for-19, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range. If Branham can replicate this scoring prowess in the coming weeks, it would give the veteran-laden Buckeyes a dynamic Big Three, along with E.J. Liddell (19.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Zed Key (10.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg).