NCAA Basketball Picks: Home Court & Hot Shooting Favor Indiana Over Ohio St.

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, January 10, 2016 1:44 PM GMT

Our NCAA basketball odds handicapping professional provides us a betting preview on Sunday’s game between Ohio State and Indiana. Don't miss our sharp NCAA basketball picks.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Indiana -6.5
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Clash of the Buckeyes and Hoosiers
Indiana will host Ohio State in a Big Ten contest on Sunday. The opening tip at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana is slated for 1:30 PM ET. According to current NCAA basketball odds at Bookmaker, Indiana is a 6.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 146.0. These teams met twice a season ago, and the home team won on both occasions. As a matter of fact, the home teams are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings between these Big Ten rivals, and seven of the previous nine have gone over the total. Let's see who will be our sharp NCAA basketball pick today.

 

Two Red-Hot Teams
Ohio State enters Sunday’s game on a seven game win streak, and they’ve also won nine of its last ten. Not bad considering the Buckeyes were off to a 2-4 start while suffering home losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech. Their turning point seemed to come during a 74-67 upset win over Kentucky at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Ohio State has won their first three games in Big Ten action.

Indiana also enters today’s contest on a nice roll. The Hoosiers have reeled off eight wins in a row, and has started its Big Ten slate by going 3-0. They’ve been especially tough on their home floor, going 9-0, covering on six of those occasions, and won by an impressive 28.8 points per game. During those nine home games, Indiana has averaged 92.6 points per contest, shot an off the charts 56.4% from the field, converted on a superb 45.5% of their three point attempts, and had a +11 rebound per game differential.

 

College Basketball Betting Angle
Indiana is shooting an incredible 53.2% from the floor in their first 16 games. They also possess a sizable +6 rebound per game differential this season.

Any home favorite of 3.5 to 9.5, shooting 52% or better from the field, and has a +4 or more rebound per game differential, resulted in those home favorites going 72-33 ATS (68.6%) since 1997. The average line in those 105 contests was 6.5, and the home teams had a +10.3 point per game differential. I’m siding with the home favorite in this contest for one of my Sunday college basketball picks.