Two of the Big Ten’s biggest brands are set for a critical league battle Sunday on CBS as Indiana hosts Michigan State in a game where teams will try to move through the sprawling middle tier of the league standings. It’s the first meeting between the two programs this season and it’s shaping up to be one of the best games of the day in college basketball.
After a 1-4 start to Big Ten play and a streak of five losses in seven games, Indiana (12-6, 3-4 Big Ten) has come back to life with a vengeance this past week with a double-digit win over Wisconsin. and Illinois. The Hoosiers are in the NCAA Tournament field projected as the No. 1 seed.
Star big man Trayce Jackson-Davis is playing some of the best basketball of his career, as he finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in last Saturday’s win over the Badgers and followed it up with 35 points, nine n rebound, five assists and three blocks in Thursday’s win over the Illini. He made a combined 24 of 32 attempts from the field and led the Hoosiers in scoring for both contests.
Michigan State (13-6, 5-3) coming out an impressive 70-57 victory over Rutgers on Thursday epitomized this version of the Spartans. Unlike Indiana and Jackson-Davis, there is no superstar for USC, which had five players reach double figures in their victory vs. the Scarlet Knights. Senior guard Tyson Walker has led the way recently by averaging 17.3 points on 53.6% 3-point shooting in six January contests, but a variety of different Spartans are able to step up in any given game.
The Spartans haven’t been ranked since early December, but a win here could be enough to get Michigan State back into the AP Top 25 and into prime position among the pack of teams chasing Purdue in the standings. Big Ten.
How to watch Indiana vs Michigan State live
Date: Sunday, January 20 | Time: 12 pm ET
Location: Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Indiana
television: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
Indiana vs. Michigan State predictions, picks
Trayce Jackson-Davis is in charge of Indiana as the Hoosiers have won two straight games in determined fashion to resurrect their season. Assembly Hall should be loud for this one as IU tries to put together its first three-game winning streak since November. Michigan State has only played three road games in league play so far but is 2-1 in those contests and should have the grit needed to handle the environment. These Spartans are a veteran group coming off an impressive 70-57 defensive win over Rutgers. Look for them to keep tight and could steal one on the road. Simply put, the AI was too inconsistent to trust. Prediction: Michigan State (+3.5)
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